Ten girl students were bitten on their hands and legs by a pack of stray dogs in Hyderabad on Monday, spreading panic in a city still to recover from the shock of the mauling of a six-month-old child by street canines barely a month ago.
The pack consisting of 12 dogs attacked the students of Koti Women's College as they were waiting for their degree examinations to begin.
The students were taken to a government-run hospital and given anti-rabies injections. The incident led to panic among the students and the management cancelled the examination and declared it a holiday.
Alerted by the college management, the civic workers rushed to the campus and killed two dogs and caught 10.
Several anxious parents rushed to the college to escort their daughters back.
The women's college is located in the busy Koti area. The early 19th century building is surrounded by a sprawling campus.
On March 18, stray dogs killed a six-month old child at Ziaguda on the banks of Musi River when his parents left him alone to wash clothes. Following the incident, municipal authorities claimed to have launched a special drive to control the dog menace.
After Monday's incident, the civic authorities said they would kill mad dogs and sterilize others.
Last year, the authorities had caught about 22,000 dogs but sterilization was done only on a few. The officials maintain they are not allowed to complete the task of controlling the dog menace due to pressure from animal rights activists.