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Stray bull kills two in East Delhi

By Our Staff Reporter

NEW DELHI, FEB. 4. A stray bull ran amok on Friday morning killing an elderly man and a woman besides battering a Maruti car in the congested Preet Vihar area of East Delhi. The violent animal had to be finally shot down after all attempts to overpower it failed.

It all happened around 5-30 a.m. when 65-year-old Chanan Ram was taking a stroll outside his house near Baldev Park. He was headed towards his house when the bull suddenly attacked him, knocking him off his feet. Chanan Ram sustained serious injuries and collapsed on the road in a pool of blood. Some area residents heard his screams and rushed to the spot. Before they could raise an alarm, the bull had found another target: a 35-year-old domestic help Ramajjo, wife of Kant Dev, who was going for work in East Baldev Park. The bull lifted Ramajjo and tossed her several feet in the air. In spite of the injury, Ramajjo tried to escape, but the animal did not relent. It attacked her again, piercing her stomach with its horns.

When the shocked area residents tried to scare the animal away by pelting stones, the bull turned its attention towards a red Maruti car parked nearby, damaging it badly.

In the meantime, the police reached the spot and cordoned off the area with ropes. They contacted the Wildlife Department and the Municipal Corporation of Delhi seeking help to contain the violent animal. All the while, the bull kept circling Ramajjo's body. After a three-hour futile exercise, the area SDM, who also arrived on the scene, ordered killing of the animal to avoid further casualty or damage to public property.

The bull had created such a terror that even after it was shot down, people were afraid to go near it. Later, the MCD personnel arrived and took the animal's body away.

While Ramajjo was killed on the spot, Chanan Ram succumbed to his injuries on way to hospital. Area residents said that they had lodged complains with the civic body about stray animals in the area but nothing was done about it.

No case had been registered in the matter by the police.

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