A group of villagers on Monday shot dead seven stray dogs which had killed three women in Parikshitgarh forest range of Meerut in the last twenty days,becoming a cause of terror in three villages of the area.
According to forest officials,a pack of about 10 dogs attacked an aged woman named Dayavati,a resident of Agwanpur village,in the morning when she had gone to the fields near the village. She suffered injuries but managed to escape.
After the woman raised an alarm,a group of armed villagers started a hunt for the dogs in the area. They spotted the pack and fired at them,killing seven dogs. Other dogs in the pack,however,escaped,forest officials said.
Meerut Divisional Forest Officer Lalit Kumar Verma said these were ferocious stray dogs which were killed by the villagers. They had become violent and were attacking human beings,he said,adding that the forest officials will continue combing operations in the area for the remaining dogs.
Three womens half-eaten bodies had been recovered from the fields near Agwanpur,Neemka and Narangpur villages of the area since August 27. The area where these incidents have taken place is about 4 km from Hastinapur Wildlife Sanctuary.