Sandalwood actor Darshan, his pet dogs’ caretaker booked after the canines attacked, bit a 48-year-old woman

The dogs attacked after the caretaker objected to the woman parking her car at a vacant plot near the actor's house.

ByBellie Thomas

Published Nov 01, 2023 | 2:54 PMUpdatedNov 01, 2023 | 2:54 PM

Victim and complainant Amita Jindal

An FIR has been registered against popular Kannada film actor Darshan Thoogudeepa after his pet dogs allegedly attacked and bit a 48-year-old woman, who had parked her car near the actor’s house in Rajarajeshwari Nagar in Bengaluru.

The Rajarajeshwari Nagar police have mentioned the caretaker of the dogs as the Accused No 1 and the actor as the Accused No 2 — and both of them have been booked under Section 289 (negligent conduct with respect to animal) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).

The victim and complainant, Amita Jindal, works as a law practitioner in Bengaluru and is herself a resident of Rajarajeshwari Nagar.

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The complaint

In her complaint to the police, Jindal stated that on Saturday, 28 October, she had come to a private hospital to attend an event on World Stroke Day.

She had parked her car at a vacant site across the road near actor Darshan’s house. After the event, when she returned to her car, she claimed that she noticed three pet dogs near her vehicle and the caretaker close by.

While two dogs were leashed, the third one was loose. Jindal requested the caretaker to take the dogs away so that she could get into her car.

Jindal claimed in her complaint that the caretaker refused to take away the dogs and asked her why she had parked her vehicle at the site.

Jindal replied that it was a vacant plot and moreover she did not see any no-parking signs or boards and hence she had parked her car there, stated the complaint.

The caretaker then engaged in heated arguments with her claiming that the site belonged to the actor and she could not park her car there, claimed Jindal.

When Jindal stepped closer to her car, the dog that was left loose, jumped on her and she fell down. One of the two dogs then managed to free itself from its leash and attacked, biting her on the stomach, claimed the complainant

Her clothes were torn in the attack, Jindal mentioned in her complaint.

Jindal claimed that she then went to a nearby hospital where she received first-aid and then headed to the Rajarajeshwari Nagar police station and filed a complaint.

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Another trouble for Darshan

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Darshan flaunting a ‘tiger claw’ pendant

The police told South First that the pet dogs belonged to actor Darshan and based on Jindal’s complaint “We have taken up a case under the IPC section 289 — negligent conduct with respect to animal”.

There are injury marks on the complainant’s stomach, the police said.

Darshan was embroiled in a controversy last week, when a photograph of him wearing what appeared to be a tiger claw pendant went viral on social media.

Based on complaints filbed by a couple of organisations, the Forest Department had issued notice to the actor and  had carried out a search at his premises to seize the ‘tiger claw’ pendant.

However, the actor is said to have told the forest officials that the tiger claw pendant was fake.