Chennai Man who threw dog off terrace in video is months away from becoming a doctor

Activists and authorities have identified the culprits as final year students of a private medical college.

Published: 05th July 2016 02:18 PM  |   Last Updated: 05th July 2016 02:52 PM   |  A+A-


A compilation of screen grabs from the video that has been making the rounds on Whatsapp and Facebook.

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CHENNAI: In a scary twist to the video of a dog being thrown off a terrace, the man responsible Gautham Sudarshan is months away from becoming a doctor. The final year student of Madha Medical College, Kundrathur was the face of the 'slow motion' video, as confirmed by activist Antony Rubin who accompanied police during their investigation on Monday night.

Fellow activist Shravan Krishnan who received the tip off from a concerned individual from the college adds, "The police approached the Chairman of the college who immediately called the parents of Gautham and his classmate Ashish Paul who was believed to be behind the camera." He continued, "By the time we reached Ashish's home around 1.30 am, both he and Gautham had absconded to their home towns in Tirunelveli and Nagercoil."

According to activists who accompanied the police, the video was shot atop the three storey apartment in Kundrathur where the culprits live. Although sources from the college, have said the video  as shot two weeks ago - the video was only uploaded on Monday.

Although both students have had their phones switched off as their parents tried to reach them, the Chairman of the college has warned that neither will be able to write their exams, should they not return and turn themselves in.

The Humane Society International/India (HSI) which has been tracking the developments of the case from Mumbai had initially offered a reward of Rs 1 lakh when the video surfaced at 4 pm on Monday. Deputy director of HSI Alokparna Sengupta said, "Animal cruelty is a sign of more violence to come, perhaps to other animals or humans."

Furthermore she added based on current laws, "The offenders could walk away with a meagre fine of Rs 10 or max Rs 50. We are asking the Ministry of environment and Forests (MoEF) to increase the penalties for animal cruelty for this reason."

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