Five stray dogs killed a seven-year-old boy in southeast Delhi’s Jamia Nagar.
The dogs grabbed the boy by his neck and bit him till he bled to death, the police said. The canines attacked Manon -- a resident of a slum -- when he accidentally fell on them.
Police said the incident took place when Manon was playing with his friends in the Noor Nagar area with his friends. While playing, he fell on a heap of sand on which five dogs were sleeping.
The dogs started barking and two of Manon’s friends escaped but the animals surrounded him. They bit his leg and when he fell down, and attacked him on Tuesday afternoon.
“The boy tried to run but the dogs surrounded him. They grabbed the boy’s neck and dragged him to the heap of sand. They scratched Manon’s face with their claws. Manon’s friends told his parents about the incident but by the time they came to his rescue, it was too late. The boy fell unconscious but the dogs were biting him. His parents and other locals threw stones at the dog to chase them away and took the boy to the hospital. He died due to excessive bleeding within half an hour during treatment,” a senior police officer said.
The locals informed the police and the boy’s body was sent for a postmortem examination. According to the initial report, the boy’s skull was also found to be damaged. The police have ordered inquest proceedings into the matter.
“We have recorded the detailed statements of the two children who were eyewitnesses. They told us that the dogs got furious after Manon fell on them. They said they tried to throw stones at them to rescue their friend but when they saw them attacking Manon, they fled the spot,” a senior police officer said.
The police will now contact the municipal corporation and request them to lock up the stray dogs as they may now attack other locals. “The problem needs to be brought to the corporation’s notice as the dogs have now tasted human blood,” police said.