Lucknow: After two children were mauled by stray dogs, locals say they repeatedly complained
Mohammad Shabab planned to buy new clothes for his children for Eid on Thursday. But since Wednesday evening, he has been in the hospital. A short walk from their store to home on Wednesday afternoon proved fatal for her children – daughter Jannat Fatima (5) and son Mohammad Raza (7) – after a pack of stray dogs picked them up maimed in the Musahabganj area of Lucknow.
“One of my children is gone and the other is fighting for his life in the hospital,” said Shabab, 36, who works as a day labourer.
According to the father, the children played with him in the cosmetics shop run by his wife. “Around 3 p.m., we told our children to go home. The store is only 500 meters from our house. On the way back they stopped at the public primary school, where they were mauled by the dogs,” he said, adding that neighbors had spotted his children being dragged by dogs inside. school and sounded the alarm. “They had wounds all over their bodies. The neck was brutally injured and there was blood everywhere,” Shabab said.
Jannat, who is undergoing treatment at the KGMU trauma centre, is still not out of danger.
According to locals, this was not the first time a dog had bitten a neighborhood child. Amit Kumar, who lives in the same area, said: “We complained several times to the authorities, but the dogs are still everywhere.
DCP Somen Barma from Lucknow (West) said: ‘An FIR has not been filed. This is a case where several departments are involved. We are studying this.
Lucknow City Commissioner Ajay Dwivedi said there was no provision to keep stray dogs in captivity. “We can only neuter stray dogs to control their population…After the incident, 50 to 60 dogs were captured in the neighborhood,” he said.