According to The Times of India, a man from Delhi allegedly shot his neighbour fatally for throwing a stone at his dog.
The incident took place in northeast Delhi’s Welcome colony on Sunday afternoon.
The victim, Affak, had allegedly thrown a stone at the dog for barking at him.
According to the police, Mehtab, the dog’s owner has had a criminal record in the area.
Aafak’s family told The Times of India that the dog had tried to bite him, after which he threw a stone to scare it away.
The dog squealed and Mehtab came running out of his house and accused Aafak of trying to kill his dog. While Aafak was trying to leave, Mehtab pulled out a pistol and shot him through his torso.
Hearing the gunshot, the neighbours rushed out and found Affak lying bleeding on the road. He was then taken to GTB Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.
Aafak has three children and is the sole earner of the family.
Police said that following the incident, Mehtab fled the house along with his parents and left the dog tied to the gate.
The police informed The Times of India that Mehtab has more than 20 cases of robbery and extortion against him and that he recently had been released from jail.
While it’s not okay to hurt innocent animals, it’s equally not okay to take someone’s life over an issue such as this.