UP: Two more children mauled to death by stray dogs
(Sourced from PTI)
Two more children were mauled to death and as many injured by packs of stray dogs in UP's Sitapur district. Earlier on Tuesday, three children were mauled to death by dogs in villages of Khairabad after which the district administration called a dog-catching team from Mathura to deal with the menace. People in different villages are living in constant fear since the mauling incidents.
Giving details of today's incident, police said the first attack took place in Budanpur village when Virendra (10) was collecting mangoes and was attacked by a pack of dogs. He was rushed to a hospital where he died. In a separate incident in village Mahisangpur, Geeta (6) was mauled to death by dogs outside her house. Two others were injured in similar incidents.
A four-member team from Mathura along with forest officials arrived on Wednesday and started an operation with the help of police and locals, during which 16 dogs were tranquilized while two died. Tranquilized dogs will be set free in remote forest areas later, officials said.
On Tuesday, a pack of stray dogs attacked and killed three children in separate incidents in the Khairabad police station area. Two girls, Shamli (11) and Komal (12), and a boy, Khalid (12), were attacked and killed by strays in Tikaria, Gurpulia, and Khulia villages respectively. Authorities have advised them to carry sticks or blunt weapons when venturing out alone, the officials said.
Amid rising incidents of dog attacks, locals have expressed their resentment towards the "apathetic attitude" of officials. Rajendra, father of one of the victims Virendra said, "the administration does not appear serious. I have lost my son. They can't understand the pain." Ram Khilawan, whose son Rinkal was injured in a dog-attack, said, "Administration should be more serious. The matter should be accorded top-priority."