Medical students arrested over viral video showing them throwing dog off roof

  • Police officials have arrested two medical students on Wednesday after they were identified as the men behind a video which shows maltreating of a dog
  • One of the two medical students lifted a dog by the scruff of the neck to the ledge and tossed the animal over the balcony of a two-story building
  • The students confessed during police interrogation that they threw the dog and filmed it “just for fun”
  • Before the students’ arrest, the Indian branch of the Humane Society International offered a reward of 100,000 rupees to anyone who could provide information regarding the culprits

TAMIL NADU, India – Police officials from a southern state in India have arrested two medical students on Wednesday after they were identified as the men behind a video maltreating a dog which then went viral and started public outrage.

KC Archana mentioned in an article for India Today that one of the two medical students lifted a dog by the scruff of the neck to the ledge and tossed the animal over the balcony of a two-story building, as seen in the viral video recorded by the other student.

An animal rights activist later found the dog injured but alive near the building.

According to police officials, the students confessed during interrogation that they threw the dog and filmed it “just for fun.” The duo, who are reportedly on their final year as students at a medical college in Chennai, were allowed by a local court on Wednesday to be freed by bail.

“The court has granted bail to the students. As per the bail order, they paid 10,000 rupees ($148) each,” local police inspector, Frank D. Ruben said.

An article by Arab News said that the police began searching for the students on Tuesday after an animal rights advocate filed a complaint at the Animal Welfare Board of India.

Shravan Krishnan, an activist, found the dog injured near the building and posted a photo of the poor animal on Instagram late Tuesday.

The animal was attended by veterinarians who said the puppy had fractured her right leg but seemed otherwise unharmed by her ordeal.

“It seems to be a puppy of around five months old and presently the conditions and vital (statistics) seem ok,” said R. Jayaprakash.

Before the students’ arrest, the Indian branch of the Humane Society International offered a reward of 100,000 rupees to anyone who could provide information for the culprits.

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