Uttar Pradesh ‘Going To Dogs’, Bareilly Leads In Canine Terror

LUCKNOW || Fatehgarh resident Ravi Singh was waiting anxiously to welcome his bundle of joy into the family. Once into labour, he took the wife to the hospital and she was made to undergo a caesarean.

An operation took place and then a nurse came out and confirmed that the operation was a success and a baby boy was born. A pall of gloom descended on the family from Fatehgarh when their newborn was dragged out of an Operation Theatre by a stray dog leading to the baby’s death.

As per official comments from the hospital, the baby was stillborn and they had informed Singh. Reportedly the alleged dead baby was taken to a room. Minutes later, a stray dog entered and attacked. With staff raising an alarm the dog scampered away.

After heated arguments and an FIR, the hospital has been sealed. CMO Fatehgarh, Dr Chandra Shekhar is quoted in media reports saying, “We found the hospital was not registered, so we got FIR registered.”

There have been no arrests but a committee setup is probing the case. This is not a one of case. Stray dogs and monkeys are virtually running riot in Uttar Pradesh with people affected by their presence living under a cloud of fear.

In alarming numbers coming from the government, the number of canines and monkeys has increased manifold. Each day at least 100 people fall prey to these animals who have fast occupied the public spots in Bareilly. In the Bareilly district hospital, at least 90 patients turn up regularly for their rabies injections. Reportedly the Municipal Corporation and the Forest Department is yet to take affirmative steps to quell the problem.

In Bareilly, a certain estimate says if there is a net 150 odd footfall due to attacks by these animals, 70 to 80 patients are new and rest are old. With a number of victims on the rise, the hospitals are starved of CHC-PHC staff. In nearly a month, over 1500 patients have reached the district hospital.

Meanwhile, at the Charbagh Railway Station in Lucknow occupying several public spaces, they have fast turned into an element of inconvenience for regular commuters. Monkeys and dogs who are found sitting on the platform either snatch eatables from passengers or have that regular habit of chasing passengers or even bite and bark at them. A station that has a regular footfall of nearly 1.5 lakh passengers, Charbagh Railway Station commuters find stray animals preying on the food passengers eat.

In the past few years, the city has seen a steady peak in rampaging stray animals on the streets and attacks by monkeys in different parts of the city. Not just Charbagh, even Indira Nagar, Aliganj, Gomti Nagar, Mahanagar, Alambagh and other areas have seen stray animals on the prowl. An average estimate shows in the state capital there are around 40 complaints a day about stray animals.

As recently as August 27, stray dogs tore apart a woman’s body in the mortuary of Ram Manohar Lohia (RML) hospital. Months back, an infant’s body was eaten by stray dogs in Queen Mary hospital.

There are also reports that have come in from Lalitpur, along with Saharanpur and Mathura of stray dogs and monkeys ruling the roost. There is a unified call for the return of either languors or the concept of the human dressed as a langour to keep a check.

2018 saw villagers in Uttar Pradesh’s Sitapur district living in fear of feral dogs. A series of horrifying attacks had resulted in the deaths of over 12 children in a short span back then.

–Arijit Bose/Lucknow

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