15 people including 9 tourists have been bitten by a ‘rabid dog’ in and around Nehru Park since Sunday.
“We have received 15 people including 9 tourists and 6 locals in our hospital since yesterday having severe dog bites,” says Dr Safoora Bilquees, Head of the Department Community Medicine, SHMS. She adds, “It must be a rabid dog because all the patients have received class III bites.”
These 15 were bitten in and around Nehru Park, the doctor said.
But police and the SMC officials say they are yet to find something substantial.
“These are rumors but still for public safety we have talked to SMC officials to look into the matter,” said Kuldeep Koul, SHO, Nehru Police station.
The tourists attacked by dogs since Sunday are from Kolkata and Mumbai. “I along with my wife was coming back to my hotel from Nehru Park around 7.30 Pm when a mad dog attacked us,” said Amitabh Ganguly, a tourist from Kolkata. His wife received injuries on her right arm and Amitabh on his right eye.
“They will have to visit SMHS to receive vaccination after regular intervals before leaving home.” Amitabh adds, “The dog after biting us jumped on to a local as well who had come to save us. All of us were later shifted to SMHS and discharged recently.”
SMC officials said they have deputed a team of four dog catchers along with a vehicle in the area but did not find any rabid dogs around.
“I do not think there is any rabid dog, all the dogs are absolutely normal but yes they get veracious at times,” says Dr Javaid Ahmed Rather, Municipal Veterinary officer.
“Our team had tried to catch a dog yesterday evening but it fled in the mountains of that area.”
The SHMS officials say that on an average they receive 20 dog bite cases each day and the incidents have increased in past few days.
Pertinently in 2012 a trained pest control graduate, Khurshid Mir had claimed that he wanted to start a drive to take stray dogs away from the populated areas about nothing substantiate came up. Although, Mir received sudden media hype and was even being called ‘Pied Piper of Srinagar’.