In a tragic incident, an 85 year man died after he was attacked by a pack of stray dogs in Thiruvananthapuram on Friday night.
Kunhukrishnan, a native of Charuvila in Attingal in the district, was missing since Friday evening. He had gone out for a haircut and not returned back home. According to media reports, his family members and neighbours began searching for him as he didn't return till late night. His body was found in a nearby field, by around 11.30 at night. The elderly man sustained deep wounds throughout his body. There were serious injuries on his shoulders, face and neck.
The body has been kept at the Taluk Hospital Chirayinkeezh. The body will be handed over to the relatives after autopsy. According to IANS, an eyewitness Sreekantan told the media on Saturday that "When I reached the field, I saw the dogs feeding on the man. His ear, face and right hand were bitten off." A police officer told IANS that the victim had gone out for a haircut around 3 p m and family members were worried when he did not return. "He was brought dead to the hospital," the officer added.
Kerala has been struggling with the issue of stray dogs and the state government had started various projects to sterlise dogs. A 90-year-old man at Varkala, Thiruvananthapuram died in a similar incident in October 2016 when he was sleeping on the verandah of his house. In August last year a 65- year old woman from Kanjiramkulam in Thiruvananthapuram was killed after she was attacked by a large pack of stray dogs.