Erstwhile Bollywood star Ayesha Jhulka recently accused the caretaker of her bungalow in Tungarli, Lonavla, Ram Andre, of murdering her pet dog. The actress lodged a police complaint on September 17 with the Lonavla police station concerning the same. So far, Lonavla police have not made any arrests in the case.

What You Should Know: 

  • Actress Ayesha Jhulka recently accused the caretaker of her Lonavla bungalow, Ram Andre, of murdering one of her pet dogs.
  • The actress lodged a police complaint on September 17 with the Lonavla police station.
  • Police officials registered an offence under Section 429 (mischief by killing or maiming cattle or any animal) of the Indian Penal Code.

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Ayesha Jhulka Accuses Caretaker

As per police, the accused caretaker called Jhulka’s husband, Sameer Vashi, on September 13. Andre informed him  that their six-year-old pet dog, Rocky, had drowned in a water tank within the bungalow’s premises. Shattered by the news, Jhulka and her husband left for Lonavla on the same day. Recalling the same, Jhulka told the Times of India, “Believing the caretaker’s version, we buried the pet and returned to Mumbai.”

However, Jhulka was not convinced by the caretaker’s version of events and returned to Lonavla to ensure a post-mortem of her pet dog. The post-mortem revealed that the pet had died of suffocation, not drowning. Subsequently, the actress questioned neighbouring bungalows’ watchmen and caretakers about the incident. Jhulka said, “I was told that for the past one year, the caretaker was harassing both the pets. He even threatened the other watchmen and caretakers not to tell us anything. When we searched our bungalow, we found a bedsheet with bloodstains.” The actress added that her other pet dog, Wrigley, was not eating anything since Rocky’s death.

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Police Investigations On

Sub-inspector Bhimrao Sangle is investigating the alleged murder. He told TOI, “The caretaker, his wife and his daughter left the bungalow after the alleged incident. They are now staying in a rented house in Lonavla. We are collecting evidence and keeping a watch on the caretaker.”

Lonavla police’s Senior inspector Manojkumar Yadav also confirmed that the police have registered an offence under Section 429 (mischief by killing or maiming cattle or any animal) of the Indian Penal Code.

A Staunch Animal Lover

Reportedly, Jhulka had adopted both Rocky and Wrigley from the streets six years ago. The actress also admitted that the dogs are like her children and she often visited her Lonavla farmhouse just for their sake. Jhulka last visited the bungalow in July.

Expressing hope, she told Mumbai Mirror, “I have done everything possible, and hope that the police will help me get justice.”

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Tarini Gandhiok is an intern with SheThePeople.TV

 

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