India: Political activists kill stray dogs, hang them on poles
After their march, they left the dead dogs in a pile outside the post office facing the offices of the municipal body. (Image source: Facebook) Photograph: (Others)
Political activists in the southern Indian state of Kerala walked on the streets with at least five dead dogs hung by their legs on a pole in a protest against dog menace in the state.
The incident took place in Kottayam district of Kerala on Monday.
The protesters were members of the youth wing of the Congress party.
Members of the party said they had killed the stray dogs to protest against incidents of dog bites across the state.
"We have killed these dogs. And it's a warning that this will continue if the central and the state government do not control the stray dog menace," Saji Manjakadambil, who was heading the protest, was quoted as saying by NDTV in its report.
After their march, they left the dead dogs in a pile outside the post office facing the offices of the municipal body.
There has been an increase in the number of incidents of attacks on people by stray dogs in the recent past. People have alleged that their growing numbers have turned into a serious threat to the population.
Last month, a 65-year-old woman died in the capital city of Kerala after she was bitten by a dog.
Following the incident, the government said it will take action against violent dogs in the state, rejecting opposition by animal lovers and Indian minister Maneka Gandhi.
The state's chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan also called an emergency meeting of all department heads to address the public fears over the attacks.