The activists have also submitted an incriminating CCTV footage showing how the accused men were carrying away a bag with the cat in it to some other place.
While Vikhroli police has lodged the formal complaint under IPC sections 429, 34 and also under the Maharashtra Animal Preservation Act, 1995, the activists have urged the law enforcers to take stringent steps in this case and also ensure that the missing cat is relocated.
“I had recently got specific information how a cat had gone missing from Paradise building, A wing, Mhada Tower, Janata Market, Kannamwar Nagar-2. We also managed to procure the CCTV footage which clearly shows how the accused men are suspiciously carrying the bag which had the cat inside to some other location. The vehicle numbers of the three accused were also provided to the Vikhroli police, leading to the FIR on May 10. Since the cat has still not been traced, we are urging the police authorities to investigate this case on priority basis, so that strong action can also be taken against those who did animal cruelty,” said the head of PAWS-Mumbai, Sunish Subramanian Kunju.
Police informed that the accused men have been identified as Hemant Shah, Jay Labade, and Sushant Sawant. Their faces have also been identified in the CCTV footage.
Animal rights activists further informed that since local area dogs and cats are territorial and hence only stay in a particular area, it is cruel and illegal to dislodge them from their sites, as they may be attacked by other animals in the new place, resulting in serious injuries.
Activists added that they will continue to demand the central government to further strengthen the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960, in order to deter people from committing animal cruelty.