Seema Thakur, a Koparkhairane based animal activist has complained to the police that she was harassed, assaulted and her nurtured pets were also harassed and beaten up by her neighbors who have warned her not to keep any rescued dogs or cats in her flat.
Seema has rescued several dogs and cats in last few years and she owns a terrace flat in Koparkhairne. The rescued strays stay in her house and some of them in stays in the society premises also.
“On the night of October 29, some of my neighbors and society members forcibly trespassed into my terrace flat and one of them started beating up one of the dogs. I told the police how the society members kept threatening me to remove all the dogs and cats which I have been taking care of for so many years,” said the activist Seema Thakur.
Summing to it she also said that one of her dogs is still missing since the violent incident. “I immediately informed the NGO People for Animal (PFA) head and I also contacted union minister Maneka Gandhi about my horrible experience. Maneka Gandhi also spoke to the Navi Mumbai police and later the zonal DCP directed Koparkhairane police to file an FIR in the case,” said Thakur.
“The FIR has not been lodged and instead they have received and registered cross-complaints NCs from Seema Thakur and another society members in this regard,” said the PSI Mr. Kailash Mumbaikar of Koparkhairane police station.
He also said that the members of the society have complained that the animals kept by Thakur are making their premises dirty and some of the cats also vomited on the top of the water tank. To which Thakur responded that she had cleaned up the cat vomit when she was informed about this by her society members and they are now making a big issue about it.
She also said that Police have not even taken her detailed statement, nor have they spoken to the witnesses who have seen everything.