Maneka wants pellet guns banned, says stray dogs wounded

Mar 6th, 2014 | By | Category: Featured, New

manekagandhiSRINAGAR: Animal rights activist and former parliamentarian Maneka Gandhi has slammed J&K government for using pellet guns for crowd control, citing dangers to stray dogs.

In a letter written to Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, Gandhi has complained that the rampant use of pellet guns on protesters by the state police has resulted in wounds to at least three stray dogs so far.

State Chief Secretary Iqbal Khanday confirmed that the government has received letter from Gandhi.

“We have conveyed to her that our police have been using pellet guns strictly at humans and so far we have not come across any case pertaining to dogs,” Khanday said. “Still we have assured her that we will be look into the matter and any lapses, if found, will be strictly  dealt with.”

pelletGandhi, the Chairperson of People for Animals (PFA) has threatened to approach Supreme Court seeking ban on pellet guns.

“We have confirmed reports from ground that  stray dogs have suffered because of pellets fired by police. You can use any sort of weapons to control your public but that doesn’t give you license to bring stray dogs in the ambit of humans. You and your police have to act in a civilized way and uphold animal rights under all circumstances,” reads the strongly worded letter from PFA. “You should order immediate halt on use of pellet guns and depute specialised medical teams to treat wounded dogs.”

Animal activist, Javed Iqbal, said the government was trying to evade responsibility.

“Let them prove us wrong,” said Iqbal referring to the allegations of injured dogs.

dogskashmirThe government has instituted a high level committee headed by Srinagar Municipal Corporation (SMC) Commissioner G N Qasba to verify the allegations and find out the number of dogs wounded by pellets.

“I think we can easily identify the wounded dogs and provide them necessary treatment.  We will also undertake a fresh census and also provide each individual dog with a Permanent Identification Number (PIN),” Qasba told Dapaan.

Sources said that government has also asked Police to carry out an in-house investigation into the matter.

Meanwhile, Gandhi told Dapaan in a telephonic interview from New Delhi that they have given J&K government two weeks time to act, failing which they would be forced to move court.

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