For the second time this month in what are two separate incidents, a Uttar Pradesh policeman has opened fire on man's best friendâ€“ a dog.
A video clip obtained from CCTV footage of the latest incident that occurred on Saturday night in Agra has gone viral.
In it, Rajesh Pal Singh, a sub-inspector can be seen whipping out his pistol from his holster and firing at the dog during a raid on a house at Ramaji Dham in the city's Shastri Puram locality. However, Sikandra police claimed that the shot was fired to merely scare the animal away. Luckily, the animal managed to escape unhurt.
Other allegations also surfaced against the sub-inspector from Sikandra police station, during their raid at the house of Bhupendra Singh. Sub-inspector Rajesh allegedly jumped over the wall of Bhupendra's house and broke the locks to gain entry. He is also said to have beaten up a pregnant woman and misbehaved with an elderly woman.
Bhupendra, his brother Chetan Jadaun and some others are accused of fraud to the tune of Rs 50-lakh by a resident of Etahâ€“ Prashant Yadav.
While Bhupendra Singh had been granted bail, the other accused were granted a stay on their arrest by the Allahabad high court. Police said half-a-dozen cases were pending against Bhupendra and his brother Chetan at Sikandra and Jagdishpura police stations.
Preetinder Singh Senior superintendent of police (Agra) has ordered an inquiry into the incident. Additional SP Anurag Vats has been asked to conduct the enquiry and submit his report.
"A probe has been ordered and the related aspects would be looked into about the police sub-inspector's behaviour during the raid and firing at the dog," ASP Anurag Vats was quoted saying by Hindustan times.
In another incident reported from Lucknow earlier this month, a sub-inspector shot at a dog which had bitten him. The animal was not seen after the shot was fired.
In the aftermath of the incident, Maneka Gandhi, Union minister of women and child development had asked for a detailed report from the station officer at the Chinhat police station in Lucknow.
Here is the video of the latest incident: