Srinagar: The story of 'The Pied Piper' has been brought to reality by Khursheed Mir known as the 'Pied Piper of Srinagar city'. Only this time Khursheed is getting rid of the dogs of Srinagar city in his bid to save people from dog bites.
Mir claims that he can do it without killing or neutering the dogs and without getting into a controversy with animal right groups. "I am not a magician. I have done that before and I will do it. I will use chemicals to get rid of them," says the 54-year-old Mir.
The Srinagar municipality had used the same chemical 3 years ago but was forced to call off the campaign after Maneka Gandhi and other animal rights activists called the method inhumane. It is now again under public pressure with the canine population rising to 1 lakh and with 4000 dog bite cases reported every year.
There are hundreds of people who report to hospitals with dog bites every year. Many have died of rabies because of the increase in the number of dog.
Mir claims his agro-based company B-4 Club has successfully solved the rodent, termite and cat problem of many offices and hospitals without any hazards.
The government has now got the top administrator to find a solution. Asghar Samoon, Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir says,"Somebody told me about the dog problem and this man. He is welcome. Let him try. If he manages this without killing a dog, he is welcome."
Srinagar's residents are waiting to see if Mir can solve the dog problem. The 'Pied Piper' has been given a month to prove he can do it.