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Mumbai resident 'supplied' pigeon meat to restaurant, they sold it as chicken; 8 booked

Mumbai: In a bizarre incident recently, a Mumbai resident allegedly culled pigeons and sold the meat to a restaurant nearby.

Police have booked the key accused Abhishek Sawant and seven members of the housing committee of Narotam Nivas cooperative housing society at King's Circle in Matunga East in connection with the incident. 

As per a complaint received by the Mumbai police, Sawant was keeping pigeons in cages set on the terrace of the apartment since March this year. He then killed the birds when they grew up and sold them to a hotel and beer parlour located just below the housing society, which served the meat to the customers as chicken. 

Police said the office bearers of the apartment were aware of Sawant's activities but they kept mum. 

Sawant and others have been charged with several IPC sections including 428 for mischief involved in killing or maiming animals and 447 for criminal trespass after a 71-year-0ld retired army man Haresh Gaglani, who lives in the same apartment, approached the police. However, no arrest has been made so far. According to a Times of India report, among the eight people booked is the son of a politician. 

The housing society members, however, rubbished the allegations raised by Gaglani. They claimed that the retired army man has been making such false and baseless allegations for a long period. "Gaglani finds pleasure in filing fake and frivolous cases. He has filed 34 cases so far and nothing happened. Let the investigation take place and bring out the truth," a housing society member said. The hotel owner also denied the claims. 

But, Gaglani claimed that he has submitted visuals of the pigeon cage to the police.