Several children were attacked and bitten by stray dogs on Saturday at Bemina triggering panic in the area.
Witnesses told KNS that some stray dogs on prowl attacked children and who ever came their way in SDA colony. The worst scene was a witnessed in this colony when a group of school children was waiting for bus to reach school. Some people tried to rescue the children but they too fell prey to the canine bites.
The locals complained that even though hundreds of dogs’ are on prowl in the area, the authorities seem unmoved and have failed to check the menace.
“For the past three years the SMC admits that the stray dog population has reached alarming proportions with over one lakh and growing dogs on prowl in the City. Still, the corporation has failed to act,” said a senior citizen Bashir Makdoomi of Bemina to KNS. “We fear that the dog population if kept unchecked could trigger fear psychosis among people.”
“The stray dog menace needs to be dealt with seriously or else by four years dogs may outnumber people in Srinagar,” Makhdoomi said. Despite repeated attempts the SMC officials couldn’t be contacted.