Guwahati: Within a few hours of a gruesome video of a helpless dog being tied to a bike and dragged to death, the culprit has been arrested. The man was identified as Motilal Thiyam, 47, of Lairikyengbam Makha Leikai, Imphal East.
In the video that started going viral on Sunday, Motilal can be seen dragging the helpless dog and the road was painted with the dog's blood. As per reports, Motilal dragged the dog for nearly 2 km from the Lairikyengbam area to Nagaram, near the Hyundai showroom. The video was recorded by a concerned citizen who immediately uploaded it on Facebook; later, the video went viral.
After information about the viral video, the Manipur Dog Lover Committee (MDLC) along with the joint coordination committee on Wildlife Biodiversity (Yening Animal Foundation) contacted Lamphel Police Station and traced down the culprits.
However, the poor animal could not be saved and it was already turned to meat and bones by three people. The dog which belonged to Motilal's relative was sold for Rs 6,000 to his friends.
As per reports, local activists rushed to the spot and found the culprit along with nine other accomplices preparing to cook the dog's meat. The team alerted the police who arrested the main culprit Motilal near the Lamphel Police Station on Sunday.
An FIR has been filed against the main culprit involved in the incident under Sections 188/428/429/34 of Indian Penal Code (IPC) and Section 11 of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animal Act, 1960 by the Yening Animal Foundation, reports said.
"This incident has shocked us all and we are sad that such incidents keep happening despite how educated we all are. MDLC will continue our fight to end animal cruelty and believe that wrongdoers will face their karma,", the MDLC said in a statement.