Staff Reporter

Among the victims is four-year-old boy

  • Congress stages protest in front of BBMP office
  • BJP wants ABC Programme scrapped

    BANGALORE: Even as the city is yet to come to terms with the death of five-year-old Manjunath on Wednesday, there were reports of at least three fresh cases of dog bite. Four-year-old Vishwanath was attacked by a neighbourhood dog on Thursday evening at Mahalakshmi Layout.

    By the time he was rescued, he had been bitten on his legs and nose, his father Hulugesh told The Hindu.

    The child was treated at Manasa Hospital.

    Shafique, 21, of Motinagar, was chased and bitten when he was cycling on a bylane off J.C. Road around 10.30 p.m. on Thursday.

    He tried to kick the dog, lost his balance and was bitten. He also suffered a broken tooth in the fall.

    Vijay Kumar, 36, of Gavipuram, a Kirloskar employee, was bitten on the thigh while he walking on Allama Prabhu Road around 10.30 a.m. on Friday. His jeans was torn.

    Meanwhile, Manjunath's death sparked off a chain of events in the city.

    The State Congress unit staged a protest in front of the BBMP office in the morning demanding action against the medical officers in charge of areas where incidence of dog bites is high.

    BBMP Commissioner K. Jairaj said BBMP would suspend medical officers in whose jurisdiction meat shops continued to be run.

    Former Deputy Mayor M. Lakshminarayan said the BBMP had been irresponsible by not monitoring the Animal Birth Control (ABC) Programme. Asked why the Congress in its term at the BBMP Council did not evaluate the programme, he merely said that the blame lay on both the former corporators and the BBMP administration.

    Traffic at the usually congested Hudson Circle and the nearby roads was affected for almost an hour due to the protest.

    The Bharatiya Janata Party also submitted a memorandum to Mr. Jairaj demanding that the ABC Programme be scrapped and the BBMP take over the task of controlling dog menace.