Recently, a 5-year-old boy died after being attacked by a pack of stray dogs. It clearly highlighted the incompetence of the civic authorities in implementing the ABC (Animal Birth Control) program in Bengaluru. The incident happened on Tuesday at Bajjegowdanapalya in Soladevanahalli. It is in the outskirts of Bengaluru and falls under the jurisdiction of Nelamangala town municipality in Bengaluru Rural District.
The deceased boy named Durgesh was the fourth child among 5 children of Mallapa and Mallamma, who are two migrant laborers from Kalaburagi. The boy was attacked by a pack of dogs and was found bleeding profusely by the father and neighbors. He was returning home after buying a packet of biscuits from a shop when the stray dogs attacked him. He was declared dead by the doctors at a private hospital at 1:30 pm. The boy died due to excessive bleeding. Police have registered a case based on the parents’ complaint.
The boy’s father said,
“I returned home from work for lunch and Durgesh told me he was ill and didn’t want to eat rice. So he took Rs 5 from me to buy a packet of biscuits. After I gave him the money, I went to have a bath. A little later, I heard my son screaming. I rushed out and found nearly a dozen dogs attacking my son. Passersby chased the dogs away.”
The police officials said that doctors at the government hospital advised shifting the boy to Saptagiri hospital. However, Durgesh succumbed to his injuries on the way.
The locals around the area complained that the number of stray dogs has increased in the area and they fear that if nothing is done, it could be their kid next. They also complained that local butchers throw leftover meat and scraps to these dogs which might have made them more aggressive.
Another incident of a 5-year-old girl being bitten by a stray dog was also reported the same day in the rural area. The girl is said to be recovering from the dog bite. There have been multiple incidents of dog bite cases and citizens being attacked on a regular basis, but nothing has been done by the BBMP (Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike) officials yet.
BBMP data shows that there are over 1.7 lakh cases of dog bites been reported in the last few years. The Animal Birth Control (ABC) scheme by the BBMP isn’t progressing and several irregularities have been found. No statement has been released by the BBMP.
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