Earlier this month, a few Malayalam news portals reported that 8 dogs were gunned down in Kolappuli area of Shoranur. The dead dogs, were retrieved from 3 different locations in and around Kolappuli town. All of them had precise wounds that looked like holes on their bodies and no signs of violent attacks.
The nature of these wounds led to media reports arriving at the conclusion that these wounds were intact gunshots and that the dogs were shot to death.
Further, reports even claimed that certain terror groups operating in the area were using stray dogs as targets to practice precision firing. They also added that the incident highlighted that such arms training terror camps are being held in Kerala.
After investigations, TNM has found out that these reports are not entirely true.
Speaking to TNM, Palakkad Superintendent of Police G Siva Vikram IPS confirmed that the dogs were not gunned down but murdered using a long, sharp object.
The post mortem which was held at the Mannuthy Veterinary College in Thrissur confirmed that the wounds were not gunshots and relayed this information to the police, the SP said.
However, the Palakkad police are still investigating all leads in the incident which includes links to any fringe groups in the locality.
The reason for investigating any terror links is due to the nature of the wounds, the SP confirmed. Since the wounds were very precise and looked like the work of a professional with no other signs of struggle or assault on the carcasses, there was reason to investigate all angles to the incident.
Further, the SP added that there were unverified news local reports on that dog menace was becoming a problem in Shoranur and that a few residents were even bitten by stray dogs. This could also provide an explanation on why the dogs were culled, he said.