Going by a recent incident, the big cats aren’t the only ones in danger these days. The Vakola police are on the lookout for three unidentified youths who killed a cat in Kalina area last week. After attacking the animal, the accused escaped, having abandoned their victim in a gunny bag.
The complainant then chased the three accused, but failed to catch up with them. The cat died on the spot, after which the police sent her body for a post mortem. The report revealed that the feline was hit hard once on the head with a solid object.
Complainant Shahina Sheikh, who lives in a bungalow in Kalina Village, said that on Wednesday afternoon, as she was shutting the first floor window of her home, she spotted three youths in the vicinity, one of them wielding a huge iron rod. She said, “They were hiding behind a car and targeting something. I sensed that they had come to kill a cat. I shouted loudly from the window, and they ran.”
Sensing that something was amiss, she immediately rushed down and started looking for the boys.
“When I reached downstairs, I found no one. I rushed to the lane ahead and found that the three had hit the cat and put her in a gunny bag. They were about to run, when I shouted and ran after them. The three accused left the bag there on the road and escaped.”
“I rushed ahead, opened the bag and found a stray cat bleeding profusely from its head. There was still some life left in her body and she was shaking. But within a few minutes she died in my hands.”
Shahina and a friend went to Vakola police station and registered a complaint against the three youths. Senior Police Inspector Rajendra Pardesi of Vakola police station said, “We have registered a case against three youths under Section 11 [c] of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960, for killing animals unnecessarily in a cruel manner. We are further investigating the case.”
Shahina said, “I can identify the accused anytime. I can identify the youth holding the rod.”