Many villagers here said they never suffered such vicious dog attacks when the slaughterhouse was open. They said it was not fair to protect cows at the cost of people.
They also complained that stray cows routinely trampled their crops but if they tried to do anything about it, they would be arrested.
“Forget about killing them,” a farmer named Saeed said. “Under Yogi, you can’t even touch them.”
When asked if it were dangerous to so openly criticize Mr. Adityanath, who has a reputation for being ruthless, Mr. Saeed shrugged.
“We are free to say what we want,” he said. “But who will listen?”
In the district hospital, the young children who barely escaped lie on their backs in metal cots, one after the other, blood-soaked bandages wrapped around their necks.
“This is the chief minister’s responsibility,” said one mother, Rani Sharma.
But then she shook her head, as if coming to her senses.
“Only God helps the poor.”