New Delhi (Sputnik) — A pack of man-eating dogs in the Sitapur district of India's northern state of Uttar Pradesh has kept the terrified residents on tenterhooks after it mauled to death 13 persons in the last six months. The latest death came on Sunday when 12-year-old Reena was attacked and killed by the pack while on her way through a field early one morning.
Sheetal Verma, the district magistrate of Sitapur, told media that residents have been strictly ordered not to let their children venture out alone. Concerned authorities have been asked to capture the canines.
Sitapur: 10-year-old girl dies after being attacked by stray dogs. Locals stage protest against the administration on the National Highway 24. Sub-Divisional Magistrate Vinay Kumar Pathak says, 'we are working to resolve this issue. We have sent the body for postmortem' pic.twitter.com/7BYqffbCmx— ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) May 13, 2018
A few days ago, the chief minister of Uttar Pradesh had visited many survivors of the dog attacks at the local hospital in Sitapur and assured the locals that his government would do all it takes to get rid of the problem. However, with Reena's death on Sunday, irate locals took to the streets and blocked traffic demanding early action by the authorities.
Local BJP legislature Rakesh Rathore blamed the police and administration for the lapses.
"It is the fault of higher leadership. If they had acted when these incidents started happening in November or when we raised questions about it in January, the incidents would have stopped," Rakesh Rathore, MLA said.
#WATCH BJP MLA Rakesh Rathore argued with police over death due to dog bites in Sitapur, also said, 'fault is of higher leadership. If they had acted when these incidents started happening in Nov or when we raised questions about it in Jan, incidents would have stopped' (13.5.18) pic.twitter.com/NTE4TDSovk— ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) May 13, 2018
The vice-chairman of India's planning body NITI Ayog, Rajiv Kumar, has also asked everyone for suggestions to solve the problem.
"Human lives are precious too," Rajiv Kumar tweeted.
From Indian Express, May 14. Animal lovers (I am one. Have two dogs at home) please please suggest a solution to this grisly and clearly unacceptable problem of children being mauled and killed by stray dogs and reportedly on occasion by monkeys. Human lives are precious too. pic.twitter.com/H888E76SDB— Rajiv Kumar 🇮🇳 (@RajivKumar1) May 14, 2018