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Updated: June 13, 2013 13:35 IST

Swan’s ‘arrest’ kicks up row

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A swan tied to a vehicle outside Nunna Police Station in Vijayawada after it was
— PHOTO: SPECIAL ARRANGEMENT A swan tied to a vehicle outside Nunna Police Station in Vijayawada after it was "arrested" for pecking people on Tuesday.

The city police ‘arrested a swan’ as the bird was pecking passers-by in a colony. The police action against the bird came under sharp criticism from animal welfare activists.

According to sources, a woman lodged a complaint with the Nunna police a few days ago, alleging that a swan (khajana bathu) pecked her five-year-old daughter while she was playing in front of her house in Sugali Colony. She alleged that the swan was chasing the public and creating nuisance. Acting on the complaint, the police detained the bird and tied it on the station premises.

The police informed the Forest Department authorities of the matter, who said that the case did not come under their purview. Nunna police personnel released the swan on Tuesday, when the higher officials pulled them up in the case.

‘Petty case’

Central Zone Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) D.V. Nageswara Rao said that the Blue Colts police brought the swan to the station and booked a ‘petty case’. “An inquiry will be conducted into the incident,” said the ACP.

Speaking to The Hindu, Divisional Forest Officer (Wildlife) G. Anand clarified that a domesticated swan does not come under the wildlife category. “We will enquire whether the bird was subjected to cruelty or not,” said the DFO.

A.P. State Cow Protection and Prevention of Cruelty to Animals in-charge Hastimal C. Jain said that the police could take action against the custodian of the swan in the case, but not against the bird. It is learnt that the police tied the swan on the station premises and did not provide it with proper food and water.

“Police acted cruelly against the bird. We demand an inquiry into the incident and feel a case should be booked against the staff responsible under Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act,” Mr. Jain said.

It takes the police days and a ton of reluctance to file an FIR for a
rape case - but a poor swan gets arrested promptly! What a joke!

from:  Sanket Korgaonkar
Posted on: Jun 13, 2013 at 19:00 IST

Not a swan, Seems more like a duck.

from:  Gafur
Posted on: Jun 13, 2013 at 18:26 IST

THe Feather and the Fist
A medical examination must be conducted to find out whether the swan, the hapless victim of police "brutality", was subjected to third degree measures and torture while under custody.

from:  B.F. Abdul Rahman
Posted on: Jun 13, 2013 at 17:54 IST

Ridiculous claim to punish the law-enforcers. Instead, the owner of the bird must be arrested and prosecuted as it is the owner's responsibility to take care of the bird and stop it from causing public nuisance. According to the article, there is no mention about the owner then it is a stray bird and should be kept in sanctuary with proper care. Punishing police personnel for not feeding the bird is absurd. They have done all possible inquiries to house the bird but everyone has turn them down.

If we do not allow our law-enforcers to do the right thing then how can we complain that they do not do anything. I think these animal groups have gone too far in this case. Why don't these animal activist create a sanctuary for all stray animals and take care to feed them. At least the streets will be clean.

from:  Kelvin
Posted on: Jun 13, 2013 at 16:51 IST

Surely the police have more important work than to harass wildlife... They could
simply have relocated the bird to a nearby lake.

from:  Arvind
Posted on: Jun 13, 2013 at 16:36 IST
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