The video showed a man dressed in a white shirt beaming at the camera while holding a dog on the edge of a terrace. Then he grabs it and hurtles the dog two storeys down, leaving the canine yelping furiously when it landed with a thud.
The man who threw a dog from the terrace of a building in Chennai two storeys down in a shocking video that went viral on Monday, has been identified along with his friend who filmed the act.
To the horror of many, both the persons are medical students in Chennai and are only a year away from becoming doctors. While reports identified Gautam Sudarshan as the man who threw the dog, Ashish Pal is thought to have filmed the video. The police believes they are hiding in their hometown of Tirunelvelli, 600 km from Chennai.
The 34-second video surfaced at around 4.30pm on Monday when somebody posted it on the Twitter handle of Chennai-based animal rights activist Antony Rubin. Since then, it went viral on social media, drawing angry responses from people across the country.
It showed a man dressed in a white shirt beaming at the camera while holding a dog on the edge of a terrace. Then he grabs the dog and hurtles it two storeys down, leaving the canine yelping furiously when it landed with a thud.
The dog, which suffered a fracture, is being treated for injuries.
Rubin shared the video with the Chennai city police commissioner, who ordered a team to investigate the matter. A senior police officer investigating it said, "We have filed a case under Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act. We are getting information from the college to get in touch with the medicos' parents. We hope they would encourage them to appear before us."
The video was reportedly shot two weeks ago. How it got leaked is still a mystery. The police have requested the parents of the two students to ask them to surrender. The chairman of the college has also told the parents that the two students won’t be allowed to write their exams unless they surrender.