Lucknow: A rare Gangetic dolphin was beaten to death in a canal by three men in Uttar Pradesh’s Pratapgarh who used sticks and axes to kill the sea animal. As per reports, all three men involved in the barbaric act have been arrested by the Police after the video of the incident went viral on social media where the accused can be seen mercilessly beating the dolphin. ALSO READ | ‘To Protect Delhite’, Kejriwal Announces 14 Days Quarantine For Passengers Arriving From UK
The three men were reportedly taken into custody by Police. The viral video shows three people surrounding the dolphin in a canal and savagely attacking it till it bled to death.
The incident took place on January 1. The local police and forest officials had reached the spot and had sent the body for post mortem. The matter, however, was kept under wraps until the video clip went viral on Friday when someone posted the clip of the dolphin being beaten to death by the locals.
As per news agency IANS, the forest officials evaded comments on the issue and said that it was yet to be verified if it was actually a dolphin. The local police said the forest officials would be better placed to respond to the queries.
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A local source close to the new agency, meanwhile, said the water gate of the canal had been closed and the water level had receded.
“In the morning of the New Year, local people saw the dolphin moving in the water. Some said it was a ‘deadly and poisonous fish’ while others said it could kill people who went near it. A huge crowd collected at the spot and people decided that it would be dangerous to let it go. The crowds started beating the dolphin and some even hit with an axe,” the source said.
However, the Circle officer, Jitendra Singh denied the reports that the dolphin was beaten to death by the locals.