New Delhi, Mar 14 (PTI) Delhi Mayor Shelly Oberoi on Thursday raised doubts over the death of two siblings in Vasant Kunj allegedly in the stray dog attacks, saying only a post mortem will clarify "whether they were murdered or attacked by dogs." Speaking at a press conference, Oberoi listed several "loopholes" in the investigation conducted by the BJP-led MCD in the deaths attributed to stray animal-attack in the last 15 years.
"Two children died in Vasant Kunj. It is still not clear whether they were murdered or killed in the attack by stray dogs. The post mortem report is still not out. We are still waiting for the report," she said.
Over the last three days, the mayor has held several meetings with MCD officials and various NGOs associated with the civic body to discuss the menace of stray animals.
"We have come to know that in the last 15 years, the issue was not tackled properly. There were several loopholes. There are 20 sterilisation centres at present, out of which only 16 are active. The procedures are also questionable. Moreover, several NGOs are associated with BJP. There was no proper infrastructure," she said.
Oberoi held an emergency meeting on Tuesday, during which she took account of the prevailing situation and heard the concerns of the department, her office said in a statement.
Oberoi in the meeting instructed officials to prepare an action plan within a week to control the menace of stray dogs, it said.
The minor brothers were found dead over a span of two days in southwest Delhi's Vasant Kunj area.
Seven-year-old Anand and five-year-old Aditya, his brother, lived with their parents in a slum cluster in Sindhi Basti. Anand had reportedly gone missing on March 10.
On March 12, Aditya too went to the same jungle area, along with his cousin Chandan, 24, to defecate. Chandan left Aditya for some time and returned to find him injured and surrounded by stray dogs, police said. Aditya succumbed to injuries. PTI VA VN VN