Dog killed, owner in­jured: SC tells Mansa man to sur­ren­der

Hindustan Times (Bathinda) - - PUNJAB - HT Cor­re­spon­dent let­ter­schd@hin­dus­tan­times.com n

A man booked for al­legedly shoot­ing a pet dog dead and in­jur­ing the owner was not granted pro­tec­tion from ar­rest by the Supreme Court on Thurs­day.

“You had fired gun­shots to scare the dog? You are say­ing that the in­ci­dent is of a dog bark­ing and you fired at the dog,” a bench of Jus­tice AM Sapre and Jus­tice SK Kaul told the coun­sel of the ac­cused – Prat­ibh Sharma from Pun­jab - while ask­ing him to sur­ren­der.

They rub­bished his ar­gu­ment that bul­lets were fired at the dog be­cause it was “fu­ri­ous” and at­tack­ing him.

“Three shots were fired to­wards the com­plainant (dog’s owner). He had sus­tained in­juries. The dog had died. There is no ques­tion of an­tic­i­pa­tory bail. You sur­ren­der first,” the bench said, ques­tion­ing why Sharma was car­ry­ing his gun.

The pe­ti­tioner had moved the SC against the Pun­jab and Haryana High Court or­der dis­miss­ing his an­tic­i­pa­tory bail. Sharma is fac­ing charges un­der the In­dian Pe­nal Code and the Arms Act.

A case was lodged against him at the Budhlada po­lice sta­tion in Mansa dis­trict in De­cem­ber 2016 af­ter the dog’s owner filed a com­plaint against him.

As per the com­plainant he was shot at af­ter he protested against his pet’s death. The dog, he said, barked af­ter Sharma had fired in the air.

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