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Kerala politicians bludgeon stray dogs to death, parade with the bodies

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In a shocking incident, members of the Youth Front (Mani) on Monday killed around 10 stray dogs in Kottayam, to protests against rising menace of street dogs in the city. The members were from the youth wing of the Kerala Congress group and they battered the dogs, tied a few to a pole and paraded them around.

Protesting against Union Minister Maneka Gandhi’s approach towards the stray dog problem in Kerala, they took the death dogs to the post office in the town and asked for the dogs to be sent in a parcel to the minister. They left the bodies with the address of the minister written on them. Starting the march, Youth Front President Saji Manjakadambil said that Maneka Gandhi’s approach towards stray dogs despite them posing a huge threat to the people was suspicious.

He added that Maneka Gandhi was “an agent of pharmaceutical companies” and that the BJP must make its stand clear on the issue.

“I love dogs; I have dogs in my house. Our protest was against dangerous dogs and we hope that seeing the protest in Kottayam, people across districts do the same,” Saji told TNM. “So many people in Kottayam have been attacked by dogs. Dog lovers are okay with any other animal getting slaughtered, why this bias only towards dogs,” he asked.

Saji insisted that his cadres had beaten only ‘dangerous’ dogs to death. How did they identify dangerous dogs? “One can understand when one sees dangerous dogs. We identified dogs that were attacking people or were simply rotting in the streets,” he said. He also rubbished the calls for sterilising street dogs and said, “Dogs don’t attack people for lust. How will sterilising them help?”

Kottayam West police have registered a case against the protestors for cruelty against animals and said that the bodies will be exhumed and sent for post mortem on Tuesday.