Stray dogs mauled a 14-year-old boy to death in Fareedpur area of Baheri on Saturday morning.
Villagers said the victim, Muzammil, had gone to attend nature’s call when a pack of canines suddenly surrounded him and tore into him. Hearing his screams, his father Anis Ahmad went to rescue him, but the dogs attacked him too. He managed to save himself and drove the dogs away with the help of a spade lying closeby.
He rushed the boy to the community health centre (CHC) where doctors pronounced him dead.
This is the fourth death from dog attacks in the past fortnight. On January 15, stray canines killed an eight-year-old girl Pinki in Sheeshgarh area, while on January 18, 4-year-old Vanshika, a resident of Shareef Nagar area, was mauled by a stray pack. Similarly, 12-year-old Sharif was also severely injured by dogs in Sheeshgarh area. He later succumbed to his injuries during treatment.
Taking cognisance of the menace, People For Animals (PFA) chairperson and union minister for child and women development Maneka Gandhi on Sunday said the laxity of municipal bodies was responsible for such problems, since they were not making efforts to bury animal carcasses lying in the open.
In a letter to divisional commissioner Vipin Kumar Dwivedi, the minister stated that stray dogs turned violent as they kept eating animal carcasses lying in the open. She said animal carcasses should be buried immediately.