In a rare incident on Wednesday, two stray dogs helped catch a man who allegedly stabbed a woman with a knife in Chennai.
At 6:30 am, Suchismitha who hails from Kolkata, left her hostel in West Mambalam and was walking towards the bus stop when her former colleague Raghunath stabbed her in her stomach with a knife.
Ramu, an autodriver who witnessed the incident told The News Minute, “The man stabbed the woman and when two of us tried to stop him, he threatened us. Then two stray dogs started chasing him because of which the public caught him and handed him over to the police,” he said.
Resident of West MambalamHe (Raghunath) was on a bike and threatened us with the knife. Someone called the two dogs, they came rushing and tried to bite him. He lost his balance and fell off from the bike.
Ramu then took the woman to Apollo Hospital in Teynampet, where she got admitted.
In fact, CCTV visuals show the woman leaving the hostel, and then rushing back in after getting stabbed. The visuals also show the two dogs standing near the auto rickshaw in which she was taken to the hospital.
However, the West Mambalam police denied that the dogs helped catch Raghunath.
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Ravi, Inspector of the Police StationThe police station is near the place where the incident happened. When the man was running away, people standing on the street caught him and handed him to the police.
The police said that Suchismitha is in a stable condition now.
Raghunath hails from Sivakasi and both of them were working in an automobile company in Minjur. Last year, Raghunath and Suchismitha allegedly had an argument, where the latter alleged that Raghunath had harassed her.
After Suchismitha complained to the company, he was terminated from his job. He has been unemployed since.
This is not the first time that stray dogs have come to people's rescue.
Last year in November, four stray dogs sat guarding an abandoned baby in Purulia district of West Bengal, until someone came along. And even when the baby was being taken to safety, the dogs followed to make sure that she was okay.
In 2015, another stray dog named Pingu risked his life to attack a man who he saw climbing a building’s wall in Vasant Kunj, New Delhi. The man had a knife and attacked Pingu, injuring him badly.
Pingu was mute, and while he couldn’t bark to express his pain, he continued to run after the intruder and drove him away. He was taken to a hospital by a resident of the colony the morning after the incident.
(The story first appeared on The News Minute and has been republished with permission.")