Mumbai: Sweeper held for blinding dog with broom

A sweeper from Kandivali has been sent to judicial custody for an attack that cost the canine his left eye

A sweeper was arrested on Saturday by the Kandivali police after he grievously injured a stray dog with his broomstick. The wounded canine lost his left eye, despite best attempts by doctors.

The complainant Mahavir Yadav said the dog used to sleep outside his home. The dog will be discharged from the hospital in a few days
The complainant Mahavir Yadav said the dog used to sleep outside his home. The dog will be discharged from the hospital in a few days

The accused has been identified as Vinodkumar Swamimutthu (30), who works as a contract sweeper with the BMC. Swamimutthu is a resident of Abhilakh Nagar in Kandivali West.

A grab cellphone footage shows accused Vinodkumar Swamimutthu at Kandivali police station
A grab cellphone footage shows accused Vinodkumar Swamimutthu at Kandivali police station

According to the complaint filed by Mahavir Yadav, outside whose Abhilakh Nagar house, the dog was sleeping, "When Swamimutthu arrived in the neighbourhood to sweep, he hit the dog with his broom. The dog has been seen sleeping outside my home daily for years, and has not harmed anybody. I rushed him to the hospital for treatment and later informed the police about the incident."

Dr Gopal Rayate of Ahimsa Hospital, Malad, said, "When he was admitted, the dog was in a very critical condition and was bleeding from his left eye. Surgery went on for three hours, but we failed to save his eye." The dog will be kept in hospital for few more days.

Senior Police Inspector Mukund Pawar from the Kandivli police station, said, a case has been registered against Swamimutthu under Sec 429 of the Indian Penal Code and other sections of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1960. Swamimutthu was produced in the Borivali court on Saturday and sent to judicial custody.

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