The RWA members of Wembley Estate in DLF phase 5 at Gurugram have been booked under IPC 429 (mischief by killing or maiming animal) and section 11 of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960.
According to complainant Meenakshi Rajagopalan, she was on her way to the market when she heard a dog yelping. “I first thought the dog was barking at monkeys. But I saw security guards circling a white dog and beating it. The dog was fastened to a small rope. Six security guards had cornered her. When I screamed at them in anger, they let it go. The dog rushed to hide in nearby bushes. The guards said they had done so at the insistence of RWA members, who soon arrived to provide further justification of the cruelty, saying the dog was a nuisance in the society,” Meenakshi claimed. She said she tried to explain that cruelty against animals is a punishable offence but they did not listen.
"We got the complaint on Tuesday afternoon and made a preliminary investigation. After going through the video evidence, we registered an FIR against unknown persons of the RWA and the guards. The matter is under investigation now," said inspector Vijay Kumar, SHO, Sadar police station.
Meanwhile, the RWA and management of Wembley Estate tried passing the buck on to each other."I am not aware of the FIR, as I am yet to get a copy of it. Security and maintenance are the builder’s responsibility. It’s they who guide security.RWA is meant to take care of residents only and we have nothing to do with this issue. All we want is that stray animals from outside should not enter the premises," said RWA president Rajeev Gupta of Wembley Estate.