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Inconsolable: Relatives gather around the body of Ashish Arvind at the Indian Airlines’ staff quarters in Meenambakkam on Sunday.
Inconsolable: Relatives gather around the body of Ashish Arvind at the Indian Airlines’ staff quarters in Meenambakkam on Sunday.

K. Manikandan

Ashish’s neighbours were complaining about pets for long time

TAMBARAM: Residents of the Indian Airlines’ staff quarters in Meenambakkam were shocked over the tragic death of the 11-year-old son of an Air Traffic Superintendent on Saturday night.

Almost all the residents of the quarters – that has more than 500 dwelling units – came to the house of S.D. Srinivasan, when the body of his son Ashish Arvind was brought after post-mortem.

The boy’s mother, Anjana, was inconsolable as only on Saturday, her son was bubbling with joy after receiving good news about his promotion to Standard VII. Her close relatives, neighbours and friends too were in tears when the body was brought home. Reactions ranged from shock, anger and disbelief, but all residents were united by a sense of grief.

Ashish’s friends from the staff quarters and his classmates from school came along with their parents. Neighbours of the boy said that they had for long been complaining about nuisance and hazards caused by pets, .

Complaining that rearing pets in apartment complexes was a violation of rules, they said the death of the boy had to prove it. Later, a vehicle from the Blue Cross was stationed inside the quarters and the police said that they had informed them to pick up all dogs, strays or pets.

Police said that Namitha Naik was an air hostess with the Indian Airlines and staying in one of the flats with her younger sister Samitha Naik, an air hostess with a private airline. In the evening, Samitha went to the terrace with her pet German Shepherd dog for a stroll that was not on a leash. The dog began to chase the boy, the police said, adding that the incident took place at 8.45 p.m.

Cases booked

They had booked cases against Samitha under Sections 289 (whoever knowingly or negligently omits to take such order with any animal in his or her possession as is sufficient to guard against any probable danger to human life) and 304 A (causing death by negligence) of the Indian Penal Code, the Meenambakkam police told reporters.

She was produced before a judicial magistrate, who remanded her to 15 days judicial custody and then she was taken to Puzhal prison.

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