Stray dogs maul 3 kids to death in UP's Sitapur

Elias Hubbard
Мая 3, 2018

May 1 Packs of stray dogs attacked and killed three children in separate incidents in the Khairabad police station area here today, officials said.

The first incident was reported from Tikaria village around 6 am on Tuesday.

The four member team from Mathura along with forest officials arrived here yesterday and started an operation with the help of the police and locals this morning, during which 16 dogs were tranquillised while two died, officials said. However, the animals set up on three girls who entered the orchard; while two of them managed to escape, Komal, the third victim, was attacked and died on the spot.

Stray dogs have unleashed a reign of terror in Khairabad, a town located 80km away from Lucknow in the neighbouring Sitapur district.

In another incident the same morning, 12-year-old Khalid was mauled to death in Gurpalia village when he was on his way to his father's mango orchard. In this incident too, about a dozen dogs attacked the boy and mauled him.

Villagers claim they are so scared that they have stopped sending their children out to play.

While DM, Sitapur could not be contacted despite several attempts on the phone, Sub-divisional magistrate of Sitapur, Shashank Tripathi said that forest department officials expressed their helplessness in deputing a team as they claimed that they could only deal with wild animals and dog menace was beyond their purview.

Ayub Khan of Gurpalia village had lost a young one to dogs in March.

Local authorities told APN News that the "man eating" stray dog menace has arisen after the closure of slaughter houses in the area.

Dogs had killed Khan's s six-year-old child in March.

"Now after a gap of around six weeks, violent stray dogs have reappeared on the same stretch". The Sitapur municipal corporation also lacks resources to catch dogs, Tripathi added. However, the unrest among people who stay in 12-km long stretch vulnerable to violent stray dogs forced Sitapur administration to rope in a private dog catcher from Mathura.

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