Hyderabad, July 11: Authorities in Telangana's Nalgonda district are probing an incident in which 50 dogs were poisoned allegedly on the orders of the village head.

The stray dogs were on Wednesday found dead in Telladevarapalli village after some people poisoned them. They were suspected to be killed a day earlier. The bodies were taken in a truck and dumped at an irrigation project site near the village.

Village sarpanch Papa Nayak had reportedly ordered poisoning of dogs after locals complained about the dog menace. He had also received complaints of the street dogs attacking some people.

District collector Gaurav Uppal ordered an inquiry into the incident. He said action would be taken against those found guilty.

In another incident in Siddipet district, four municipal employees were suspended for their alleged involvement in the poisoning of over 70 dogs last month.

The action came after former central minister and animal rights activist Maneka Gandhi intervened in the matter on an appeal by some people.

The police also registered a case against them for cruelty to the animals.

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Shivamogga: Three youths who had gone for fishing in a tank drowned and died at Joladagudda village in Soraba taluk on Sunday.

The victims have been identified as Pradeep (19), Sharath (15) and Karthik (17).

They were friends and had gone to the tank for fishing at 12 noon. Another youth Abhishek who was on the bank of the tank, shouted loudly for help when he saw his friends were drowning, and people near the tank rushed to help. Unfortunately, they could not save them from drowning.

Fire brigade staff fished out the bodies. Pall of gloom covered in the village due to the incident. A case has been registered at Soraba police station in this regard.