GUNTUR: In a shocking incident, a six-year-old girl was attacked and killed by a pack of street dogs at Kakumanu village panchayat in Guntur district on Wednesday.
Sk Kousar was going to meet her aunt who was working in the fields around 10 am when about 10 dogs pounced on her and bit her indiscriminately all over the body resulting in her instant death. Blaming the death on the negligence of the civic officials, who allegedly failed to take proper measures despite repeated complaints over the severe stray dog menace, the villagers along with the family members and relatives of the victim staged a dharna on the Guntur-Kakumanu road blocking vehicular traffic for nearly four hours.
They called off the stir only after higher officials assured them of proper action to check the problem and assistance to the victim’s family. District Collector Kantilal Dhande has announced a compensation of `4 lakh to the bereaved family. Agriculture Minister P Pulla Rao and Social Welfare Minister R Kishore Babu expressed their shock over the death of the girl and directed the officials to rush to the spot to render assistance.
According to reports, a shepherd who was passing by first heard the cries of the girl and rushed to the spot in the minority colony in the village. Though he managed to drive away the dogs it was too late as the girl had succumbed to the injuries by then. She was bitten all over the body.
The girl’s family members who rushed to the spot on being alerted could take only her body home. The sight of her lifeless body rendered them inconsolable.