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NGO offers Rs 20k for leads on cat killer

Stirred into action by MiD DAY's report on an unidentified feline killer who has been lurking in Kapaswadi, DN Nagar, the Federation of Indian Animal Protection Organizations has announced reward

A non-government organisation, which works for the welfare of animals, has announced a reward of Rs 20,000 for the individual who can provide valuable information that will help cops nab the cat killer who has been on the prowl in Andheri recently.


According to workers of FIAPO, research has shown that people who
willfully abuse animals are statistically more prone to committing acts of
physical and mental violence against humans


MiD DAY had reported that there has been a recent spurt of feline killings in Kapaswadi, which falls in the jurisdiction DN Nagar police station ('Cat killer on the prowl in DN Nagar', November 23). The police made no arrests, and a suspect, Swami, was let off, when he passed the buck onto an unidentified Navy nagar resident.
Stirred into action by the report, the Federation of Indian Animal Protection Organizations (FIAPO) is offering a grand sum of Rs 20,000 for any information that may lead to the conviction of the culprits responsible for this crime.

"This case is outrageous. We urge the Mumbai police to take necessary and immediate action. Any individual who helps nab the killer will be rewarded with a sum of Rs 20,000," said, Arpan Sharma, convenor of FIAPO.

In course of a conversation with MiD DAY, Khushboo Gupta, coordinator at FIAPO, said, "Research has shown that people who willfully abuse animals are statistically more prone to committing acts of physical and mental violence against humans, even children. In fact, the American Psychiatric Association considers cruelty to animals as one of the diagnostic criterion for conduct disorders. Even the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) uses reports of animal cruelty to analyse the threat potential posed by suspected and known criminals.

The case
The complainant Aban Mistry, a bank worker and animal rights activist, had lodged a complaint with the DN Nagar police recently. She said that she had received a phone call from a Kapaswadi local, claiming that he had seen a local resident named Swami and an accomplice catch a cat and stuff it inside a gunny bag. "The men had then taken the cat to a nearby drain, and tried to drown it. When he failed to drown it, he smashed its head with a stone. They chopped its head off and took the body to Swami's house. I have filed a written complaint with the DN Nagar police," said Mistry, who has been working to protect stray animals in the area.

"We do not know what the duo did with the animal, though we strongly suspect that they sacrificed it for an occult ritual or consumed its meat," said Mistry.

Animal activists in the locality confirmed that the practice of killing cats for their meat is a widespread phenomenon in areas like Kalina and Versova.

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