A nine-year-old boy died after being bitten by around 10 stray dogs in Bhiwandi on Sunday.
Dhiraj Yadav, who was playing with a friend at a dump yard, accidentally jumped from a pipeline on to a dog.
The dog started chasing Dhiraj and soon more dogs followed and mauled the boy.
On hearing the commotion, a local resident, Sabhajit Bind, who was passing by shooed the dogs away. He called for help and later alerted the police.
The Class 2 student was rushed to IGM Hospital in Bhiwandi, but as he was badly injured, the doctors asked him to be shifted to Thane civil hospital.
He succumbed to his injuries a few hours later at the Thane hospital.
“Dhiraj ran when the dogs started chasing him. But he slipped and fell and the dogs pounced on him,” said Dinesh Katke, senior police inspector.
“His friend saw him being attacked by the dogs, but was scared and he ran away. A passer-by spotted the dogs mauling the boy and alerted others.” he added.
Dr Jayshree Dongare from the hospital in Bhiwandi said, “A part of the child’s abdomen and leg had been ripped off leading to blood loss and ultimately causing death.” Dhiraj, a labourer’s son, was a student of class 2.