Surat, Feb 9: A owner of a dog was arrested on Monday by Surat police for dressing his pet in the Tricolour during a pet run organised on Republic Day. The man was arrested under clause 2 of the Prevention of Insult to National Honour Act, 1971 after his pet dog participated in a pet run wearing Tricolour but was released on bail later in the day.
According to a Hindustan Times report, Bharat Gohil wrapped his pet dog Labrador is Tricolour. The dog took part in pet run organised by Pet Lovers Group Surat ahead of a pet marathon scheduled for February 13. Due to his unique attire, Labrador drew more attention than other fancily dressed pets. But it didn’t go well with Aziz Cyclewala. (ALSO READ: Trinamool Congress insults Indian national flag, gets trolled on twitter)
Aziz Cyclewala, a resident of Surat, launched a complaint in this regard at the Umra police station, after the picture of the dog published in several newspapers, following which, city police arrested Bharat Gohil. Preliminary inquiry officer (PIO) in the case Dala Katara said Cyclewala, who was also present during the event, had filed a complaint with the police, which found the action offensive. “A case under clause 2 of the Prevention of Insult to National Honour Act, 1971, was registered against Bharat Gohil,” an official with a city police station told the daily. If found guilty, Gohil may face one year jail for disrespecting national flag.
“For a dog lover, a pet is like a family member, and an insult to the national flag would not have been the intention of the person. When it was brought to our knowledge at the event, we had asked the person to leave, but it had attracted the attention of many by that time,” Sudhir Shah of Pet Lovers’ Group was quoted as saying by TOI.