Illegal meat shops blamed for kid's death

Demand GP to act against stray dog menace

Illegal meat shops blamed for kid's death

The villagers resorted to a snap strike. They poured in their anger against the Bilikere Gram Panchayat and its officials and members for their failure to check the menace of stray dogs.

The early morning incident puzzled everyone as the news of the boy’s tragic and horrifying death took time to assimilate. The villagers blamed the unauthorised meat shops that have cropped up at many places in the village, for the stray dogs to become ferocious.

 Though, several complaints have been lodged to the panchayat about the stray dogs, officials failed to act.

The protesters raised slogans against the GP president Shivanna and officials and demanded suitable compensation for the bereaved family.
 The GP convened emergency meeting and moved a resolution recommending the suspension of panchayat secretary and planning director.  The members contended that the GP took a decision to clear all the unauthorised meat shops but, the officials failed to act.

The GP also decided to pay Rs 2 lakh compensation for the family and released Rs 25000 as interim relief.

 MLC Chikamadu and ZP members C T Rajanna and Gowramma Somashekar visited the family of the bereaved and handed over a cheque for Rs 25000.
 As the GP was not empowered to release Rs two lakh compensation, the council decided to write to the ZP to pay the compensation for the family. Official sources in the ZP said that Rs two lakh could be paid only after the approval of the Government.

Parents shattered
The death of their little son has shattered Chandrakala and Murthy couple.
The couple were issueless even after 13 years of marriage.
They visited temples and carried out several vows when Nagendra was born a few years ago. The villagers were seen sympathising with the grieving parents and giving them emotional support.

For Chandrakala, the incident has come as a shocker. The woman fetched water from a public tap early morning before her son woke up.
 On the tragic Monday morning, the boy woke up immediately after Chandrakala went outside and followed her - only to be attacked by dogs, snuffing out the innocent life.
DH News Service

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