A three-year-old boy was eaten alive by a herd of pigs in a village near Samaipur Badli in north-west Delhi on Tuesday. Ajay had left his lunch and strayed from his home to a nearby ground.
Lal Bahadur, the child's uncle, said: "We were all having lunch inside the house and did not realise that Ajay had walked out. A few minutes later, his mother Mamta noticed a few pigs chewing something." Moving closer, she spotted a piece of cloth and realised the animals were feeding on her child's remains.
The hysterical mother threw stones at the herd, but the animals tried to attack her. Mamta's screams alerted the villagers, who rushed to the spot.
Ajay's skull, eyes, face and torso had been ripped open and eaten. Only his limbs could be recovered.
Ajay's father Ashok, a daily-wage labourer, said: "I shudder to think how much pain and agony my child must have endured."
Bahadur said Ajay had a piece of roti in his hand. "I suspect the animal wanted to snatch it," he said. "The child may have cried out in fear. It seems at this point the animal locked its jaws into Ajay's neck. This is probably why he could not scream for help."
Later, the police arrested one Gajee Singh, who reared the pigs. DCP (northwest) Manish Aggarwal said: "As owner of the herd of pigs, he has been booked under Section 289 of the IPC for negligence, and under Section 304(A) for causing death due to negligence."