5-year-old girl mauled to death by stray dogs in Pun­jab’s San­grur

Hindustan Times (Chandigarh) - - FRONT PAGE - Av­tar Singh

SAN­GRUR:A five-year-old girl was mauled to death by a pack of stray dogs at Bhin­dran vil­lage in the dis­trict on late Wed­nes­day evening.

The in­ci­dent took place when vic­tim Ashu’s fa­ther, a labourer, had gone to work and mother to fields for fetch­ing fod­der.

The dogs dragged the child to agri­cul­tural fields near her house and ate into her body.

When some passersby no­ticed that a child was be­ing dragged by stray dogs, they tried to save her. They brought her to the civil hos­pi­tal, San­grur, from where she was re­ferred to the Gov­ern­ment Ra­jin­dra Hos­pi­tal, Pa­tiala. How­ever, she suc­cumbed to in­juries on the way.

Sub-di­vi­sional mag­is­trate (SDM) Avikesh Gupta and deputy su­per­in­ten­dent of po­lice (Dsp-ru­ral) San­deep Wad­hera in­spected the in­ci­dent site and in­ter­acted with the par­ents of the vic­tim. “She was alone at home. When she came out of the house in the evening, five stray dogs sud­denly at­tacked her and dragged her in nearby fields,” said Rash­pal Singh, Ashu’s fa­ther.

“We have re­peat­edly filed com­plaints re­gard­ing the stray dog men­ace to the dis­trict ad­min­is­tra­tion, but no to avail,” said Gur­nam Singh, a res­i­dent of Bhin­dran vil­lage.

SDM Gupta said, “It was an un­for­tu­nate in­ci­dent. We will tackle the stray dog prob­lem soon. If ster­il­i­sa­tion is not pos­si­ble, we will take some other mea­sures to re­solve the is­sue.” He said has writ­ten to the state gov­ern­ment for com­pen­sa­tion to the fam­ily.

Mean­while, health of­fi­cials said around 1,900 peo­ple have been ad­min­is­tered anti-ra­bies in­jec­tions at var­i­ous hos­pi­tals and clin­ics in the dis­trict from Jan­uary to April.

7 SHEEP KILLED BY DOGS IN MALERKOTLA

In an­other in­ci­dent, stray dogs at­tacked an en­clo­sure for sheep and goats at Malerkotla town in the dis­trict on Wed­nes­day night. The owner of the en­clo­sure, Mo­ham­mad Khalil alias Kala, said seven of his sheep were killed in the at­tack and sev­eral oth­ers in­jured.

HT PHOTO

Po­lice at the spot where the girl was at­tacked by stray dogs in San­grur on Thurs­day.

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