Hot coal tar was poured over the body of a dog while Agra's Fatehabad road was being constructed on Tuesday night. Residents allege the dog was alive. According to them, the animal was howling in pain but the construction workers ignored it and continued laying the road.
One report suggested that the workers couldn't see the dog as they were working at night and it was dark.
"A fresh layer of coal tar was being laid on the road from Phool Sayyed crossing towards the Circuit House and the Taj Mahal. A dog was sleeping on one side of the road. Instead of chasing the animal or removing it physically, burning coal tar was poured over it. Later, a road roller crushed the animal. The body has now disappeared," social activist Naresh Paras told PTI.
Govind Parashar, a right-wing activist in Agra, claimed that he saw the dog's legs buried under the newly-built road and it was squirming in pain. Moments later, he alleged, the dog died.
"I felt really bad and I wanted to bury the dog, so we got the dog's body dug out," he said.
"I also wanted that road construction workers get a lesson so that they don't do this again, so I filed a complaint against the construction company," Mr Parashar told ANI.
Activists from various organisations gathered at the spot and seized the vehicles of the construction crew. They also demonstrated outside the Sadar police station in Agra to demand action against the "dog killers."
A Public Works Department engineer, Naresh Kumar, said the construction company, RP Infraventure Private Limited, would be sent notice as a warning.
Following the report, social activists and dog lovers vented their anger on social media.
The photographs of the half-buried dog were shared on social media early today. Angry comments from social activists and dog lovers prompted Agra's Sadar police department to register an FIR against unknown persons.
Senior journalist Sunayan Chaturvedi said "(it was) an act that shames humanity."
The project's contractor in-charge said an inquiry was underway and "those found guilty would be shunted out as punishment."