SMC dumping dog carcasses at Pampore, residents aghast

SMC dumping dog carcasses at Pampore, residents aghast
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PAMPORE: Residents of Pampore, in the outskirts of Srinagar, are up in aghast at the Srinagar Municipal Corporation, which they said, was dumping carcasses of dogs in open along the Srinagar-Jammu highway at Gallander area, creating severe problems for the people.
The locals alleged that trucks of carcasses are being dumped in open from the last few days, which emit unbearable stench.
“We can’t even breathe here. Our life has been made miserable. Particularly, the ill-persons are more vulnerable to infections,” a local resident said.
Locals said that the field was originally a grassland, and has now been turned into a “graveyard for dog carcasses”.
They warned SMC of agitation if it did not desist from dumping the carcasses.
The residents also alleged that some unknown persons were catching dogs from other areas and releasing them in Pampore.
“The dog population has overwhelmingly increased here in Pampore. It is just because dogs are brought here from other places,” another resident said.
Chairman, Idara Islamia Auqaf Committee Pampore, Mohammad Sultan told Kashmir Reader that they will launch an agitation against SMC if they don’t stop “converging dogs in Pampore town”.
Executive Officer, Municipal Committee Pampore, Manzoor Ahmad told Kashmir Reader that the area do not fall in their jurisdiction.
“Even though the area does not fall in our jurisdiction, we still took cognizance of the complaint and dumped soil on the carcasses,” Manzoor said.
Deputy Commission Pulwama, Ghulam Mohammad Dar, said he had no information about the matter and would ask the concerned officer to address the issue.
Commissioner SMC Riyaz Ahmad told Kashmir Reader that he would look into the issue.