Srinagar: Six more people including two women and a middle-aged man were injured in fresh attacks by dogs at Dardapora Lolab and its adjoining areas in Kupwara district of north Kashmir, officials said Monday.
In last two days, at least sixteen people, mostly children, were injured by the dogs in these areas and one among them one, Ashiq Rasool (minor) son of Ghulam Rasool Sheikh of Dardpora Kupwara, was today referred to SMHS hospital Srinagar for specialized treatment.
They said that the pack of dogs attacked people at Dardpora, Muqam, Tulipora and Chandy areas today, leaving six persons identified as Amina wife of Aijaz Ahmad, Hafeeza Begum wife of late Mohammad Amin Sheikh, Shabir Ahmad Ganie son of Mohammad Yousuf, Jameela daughter of Mohammad Abadullah Sheikh and Murtaza Fayaz son of Fayaz Ahmad Rather and Arfat Showkat Ganie son of Showkat Ahmad. They were all shifted to Sub-District Hospital Sogam where from one of them, Arfat Showkat Ganie, has been shifted to District Hospital Kupwara for advanced treatment. “In all six people with dog bites were received at the hospital today and one of them was referred to district hospital Kupwara,” an official at the SDH Sogam said.
A relative of the minor boy who was injured in the attack yesterday and referred to SMHS hospital Srinagar today said that he has been advised plastic surgery in case there was no improvement for two months.
Meanwhile, the locals said that first a dog turned rabid and later bit others as a result of which there is pack of dogs attacking and wounding people. “These dogs have unleashed terror and people are scared to venture out,” the local residents said.
“Although we have complained many times to the authorities no action has been taken,” the locals said, adding, “Despite all these attacks in last two days alone, the authorities have taken no steps to control the menace.