Mayor A.K. Premajam has said the Kozhikode Corporation will take steps to tackle the stray dog menace in the city on a war footing.

She told the council here on Friday that the issue had acquired grave proportions with rabid dogs biting several people in different parts of the city. However, the civic body could not kill stray dogs in view of a Supreme Court order banning the killing of canines, Prof. Premajam, who chaired the session, said.

Congress member P. Ushadevi, who raised the issue, said that even a councillor, Sabitha Kodi (Indian Union Muslim League), suffered injuries after a dog bit her. Several residents, including children, were bitten by rabid dogs at Nallalam, Kolathara, Rehiman Bazaar, Ayyappankani and Sarada Mandiram on Tuesday night. The councillor was bitten by the dog when she was in front of her house. The others were bitten when they were returning home after visiting the Manankuni temple.

Heaps of garbage at many places attracted stray dogs, they said.

The situation at Pantheerankavu, Olavanna, Murukanad, Parammal was worse. Nearly 15 persons were admitted to Kozhikode Medical College Hospital on Wednesday. The dogs attacked goats and cattle also, councillors said. Opposition councillors said the people were afraid to go out of their houses after dusk. The Corporation was unable to find a solution. A number of accidents involving two-wheelers had occurred on account of stray dogs.

Use of stadium

Several councillors, including P. Kishenchand and N.C. Moinkutty of the Socialist Janata (Democratic), demanded that the Corporation give permission to stage events at the EMS Corporation Stadium only after the approval of the council. The existing practice was to give permission to organisers to use the stadium and get it endorsed by the council later, they said.

The councillors said the organisers of the ‘Soorya Thejassode Amma,' a star-studded programme of the Association of Malayalam Movie Artistes ( AMMA) held at the stadium on Thursday night, insulted them by providing them seats in the back row. The stadium should be rented out only for football tournaments and no other shows, they said.

Walkout

The council witnessed a walkout by the United Democratic Front (UDF) in protest against the decision of the Mayor declining a Congress member, Vidya Balakrishnan, permission to move an emergency resolution.

The resolution pertained to condemning the attack on Kerala Students Union office-bearers here on Wednesday.

However, the Mayor allowed a resolution moved by Communist Party of India (Marxist) councillor K.V. Baburaj against the Centre appointing tainted bureaucrats such as P.J. Thomas to the post of Central Vigilance Commissioner.

Indian Union Muslim League member P.V. Avaran raised the issue of street lights not burning at many places in the city, especially in coastal areas.

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