Published: Mon, May 14, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Strays dogs maul another girl to death in in UP's Sitapur

Strays dogs maul another girl to death in in UP's Sitapur

"We inspected the affected area and collected samples for further investigation", said IVRI director RK Singh, claiming that prima facie the attacks seem to have been perpetrated by dogs.

District Magistrate Sheetal Verma, when contacted, told PTI, "Of the 13 deaths due to dog attacks since November 2017, as many as 10 took place in Khairabad police station area". "After one attack, they can't reach a village 22 km away in an hour to make another kill", she said, adding that even if they did, they would be too exhausted to attack anyone. The body of the deceased has been sent for post-mortem.

Last week, a team of scientists from the Indian Veterinary Research Institute had arrived in Sitapur to look into the case of killing of children allegedly by dogs.

Gauri Maulekhi, member of the Uttar Pradesh Animal Birth Control Monitoring Committee, has shot off a letter to the state chief secretary to ensure that the local administration "actively" informs the people about the scientific and legal steps that are being taken by the government and "discourage" them from taking law into their hands. He had announced a compensation of ₹2 lakh for each family that had lost a child and ₹25,000 to every injured child.

In villages affected by the menace of feral dog attacking children, some children have stopped going to school.

However, it was felt that the problem may not be limited to Sitapur, but may exist in other parts of the state as well. It granted the government a month's time to submit a report and fixed July 4 as the next date of hearing.

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Sitapur District Inspector of Schools Devki Singh said schools in Khairabad have seen a huge dip in attendance since May 1. Parents have been issued directions that adults should accompany children to and from school, the officer said.

The Yogi Adityanath government, which came to power in March previous year, has been shutting down illegal abattoirs over the past several months.

Experts believe shortage of food after the crackdown on illegal abattoirs may be a reason for the aggression among dogs. There is also a possibility of some nomads having set their dogs free, he said.

Mr Adityanath had directed the district officials, police and special team of the forest department to conduct a joint operation to catch all the stray dogs.

Reena, resident of Maheshpur village, was killed by a pack of dogs.

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