Mumbai: Police have detained a dog and its owner after complaints that the canine was sporting stickers of BJP and Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the day of polling in the fourth phase of Lok Sabha elections.
The incident took place during the polling time on Monday when voting was underway at Nandurbar constituency. The dog owner, identified as Eknath Motiram Chaudhary (65), is a resident of Navnathnagar area. He was spotted with his dog bearing BJP stickers near Andhare hospital in the afternoon. Apart from the party symbol, the dog also sported the message “Modi Lao, Desh Bachao” which means ‘Vote for Modi and save the country’, stated a local police official.
Police had received a complaint against the dog and its master roaming around the town during polling. A case was registered against Choudhary under section 171 (A) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) for violation of election rules. As per the rules, campaigning is prohibited on polling day. The police have asked the municipal corporation to take custody of the dog, added the official.
(With agency inputs)