On 26th May 2014, the whole country was watching or celebrating the swearing-in ceremony of PM Narendra Modi. At about the same time, around 6pm, Salim got a call from one Ms Mittal that a TabCab driver drove over her 1-month-old pet labrador puppy, which was on leash, at Malad West, on SV Road, next to Bata Showroom.
The situation was that a political morcha, most likely in celebration of Mr. Modi's swearing-in as PM, was arriving at the junction. The Tabcab driver wanted to avoid the delay caused by the morcha, and so he sped and took a sharp blind turn due to which he did not see the puppy or Ms Mittal and drove over the puppy killing it on the spot.
So Salim rushed to the place within 45 minutes and called Police to the spot and hold the cab driver until police arrive. The Police performed a Panchnama on the body and the body was sent for post-mortem. Since the culprit, Mr. Manish, was standing right there, he was arrested on the spot and taken to Malad Police Station.
The Police filed an FIR against him (FIR no.260/14) under IPC section 279 (for rash driving), IPC section 429 (for mischief by maiming/killing an animal of worth Rs. 50 or above) and PCA Section 11 (1) (a) for over-driving.
The cab he was driving is numbered MH01 BD 6070.
As of May 28th, the culprit was supposedly still behind bars as he did not pay the bail amount. The company TabCab has responded to us with responsibility and has informed us that the driver is suspended from the company's association. Having animal lovers in their upper management, they have also agreed to work with us in this field in the future.
We hope that the life of the little labrador puppy will not have gone in vain. If TabCab implements a policy of explicitly training their drivers to respect animals, especially strays, then it will be an act of commendable Corporate Social Responsibility as the entire cab industry will have to take note and learn from such an initiative.
We fervently hope Tabcab delivers in this regard as their approach has been very responsible and cooperative so far.
Activist involved: Salim.