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Culling of stray dogs in UP: SC refuses to pass interim order

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The today refused to pass any interim order on a plea seeking a direction to authorities to stop alleged rampant culling of stray dogs in district of following deaths of several children in the region.

A vacation bench comprising Justices and said the matter would be heard in July.

The appearing for one of the parties urged the bench to pass an interim order directing authorities to stop culling of dogs in the district.

"We are not issuing any direction now. We will see it in July," the bench observed.

At the outset, the alleged that dogs were illegally culled at due to "fear psychosis" which was created by the administration as the had given statements that children were killed by stray dogs.

The argued that one of the committees, which had gone to to look into reasons behind the death of children, had said that none of the children were killed by dogs and perhaps some wild animals were responsible for these deaths.

Earlier, one of the lawyers in the case had told the apex court that there were two conflicting reports on deaths of children in

One report said that children have died after being bitten by wild animals like hyenas, while the district magistrate's report suggested that deaths have occurred due to dog bites, the had said.

The court had earlier agreed to hear the plea filed by Gargi Srivastava against alleged rampant culling of stray dogs in Sitapur.

The plea has sought a direction to the to ensure that no more killings of community dogs take place in the state as an after-effect of death of 13 children in the past seven months in Sitapur unless it was established that dogs were behind such attacks.

According to the plea, the attacks have increased due to lack of proper and timely efforts by district administration and magnitude of the problem grew this month when unconfirmed reports of attacks being carried out by stray dogs appeared in the media after statements given by the

It has claimed that the top court, in its November 18, 2015 order, had categorically directed all local authorities and panchayats not to kill stray dogs.

The plea has sought a direction to the to take immediate action and against individuals who were involved in aiding and abetting the killing of stray dogs without following due process of law and also initiate inquiry against erring officials of the district administration.

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First Published: Fri, June 08 2018. 15:30 IST