The villagers took to savage behaviour to sort out the primal instincts that led two pets, belonging to different owners, to mating.
The violent clash was disengaged only when the police stepped in. Two groups from a village in Gandhinagar took to fists and blows to vent their anger when one villager’s pet dog was caught trying to mate with a pet belonging to another villager. The two villagers soon took to expletives and when the decibels rose, stones were thrown, slurs were hurled, and other residents joined in.
According to a complaint filed at Rakhial PS on Tuesday by Rajeshsinh Jhala, resident of Pahadia village in Dehgam taluka of Gandhinagar, his father, Himmatsinh, was walking their pet dog when his neighbour Ratansinh Jhala’s dog “swooped in.”
Ratansinh was asked to keep his dog away. “This did not go well with Ratansinh, who abused Himmatsinh. The latter objected to this, and then, Ratansinh allegedly threw a stone at him. The situation worsened with Ratansinh’s family joining in and attacking Rajeshsinh’s family with sticks,” stated the complaint.
Rajeshsinh Jhala told police that he, his father, mother Savita, uncle Dalpat, and sister Nita suffered injuries in the attack.
Rajeshsinh alleged that Ratansinh Jhala and his family members also threatened to kill him.
Based on the complaint, Ratan and seven of his family members are now faced with charges that include grievous hurt, endangering human lives, unlawful assembling, provocation against public peace and criminal intimidation.
On the other hand, Ratansinh also filed a complaint against Rajeshsinh and his four family members, alleging that they attacked him and his family. Ratansinh said Himmatsinh was the first to throw a stone at the dogs to separate them. When he objected, Himmatsinh allegedly began pelting stones at him too. What followed was a family versus family brawl that left his brothers, Gulab and Kishan, and two female family members, Gaji and Ranjan, seriously injured.
Meanwhile, when contacted, Rakhial PSI N.M. Chaudhary briefed that five prime accused have been arrested.
“The two families are known to have had strained relations since long. Obviously, the dogs mating was just a trigger to let out pent up anger. We are trying to source CCTV footage from nearby residences to ascertain who started the physical fight,” he explained.