A ten-year-old girl died after being attacked by a pack of stray dogs in Bahia village under Rania block on Thursday. Her parents, who were busy with the harvest, failed to hear her cries for help.
Early in the morning, Seema, a resident of Damdama village, had gone to the fields of the nearby Bahai village with her father Nanak Singh and mother Jagroop Kaur.
Around 8 am, when her parents got busy with the harvesting, Seema and her brother, 5-year-old Lovepreet, wandered off. As the children played at a distance from the fields, a pack of dogs attacked them.
Lovepreet managed to escape with minor injuries, but Seema was mauled badly. Her upper body and internal organs were damaged, causing her death.
A passing farmer, Dalip, heard the children's cries for help. But when he came to their rescue, the dogs chased him off. Dalip gathered the other farmers and rushed back to the spot with sticks and farm tools, but it was too late. Seema was taken to the Rania primary health center, where she was declared dead on arrival.
The village sarpanch Hari Singh informed the Kariwala police. The body has been sent to the Sirsa civil hospital for postmortem. "We have registered a case of suspicious death," said Chajju Ram, investigation officer of Rania. "The sarpanch told us that around 12 dogs attacked the child."