An unusual incident has been reported from the northern state of Uttar Pradesh.
On 17th October, more than fifty monkeys in Uttar Pradesh’s Baghpat district attacked a 70-year-old Dharampal Singh with stones while he was collecting food for havan.
Singh’s brother Krishnapal Singh said that his brother succumbed to injuries after 50-60 monkeys threw around 20 bricks that hit his head, chest and legs.
As per media reports, Singh’s family now wants to lodge an FIR naming the monkeys as the main accused. However, the police have registered the case as an ‘accident’ as of now. But Dharampal’s family was not happy and have demanded intervention by higher authorities in the case. Krishnapal expressed his angst as the police were not converting the complaint into an FIR.
Chitwan Singh, station officer of Doghat police station told TOI,
“How can we register the case against monkeys? This will make us a laughingstock. I don’t think it is a logical demand. We were definitely informed of the bizarre accident and we registered it in our case diary after which a post-mortem was also conducted.”
Baghpat: 70-year-old man allegedly stoned to death by some monkeys in Tikri on Oct 17. Family demands police to file FIR against monkeys; says, '50-60 monkeys came fighting when he was collecting woods for a havan outside the house. Bricks were thrown at him. He died at hospital' pic.twitter.com/DjvA16lNLy
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As per another report in Times of India in May this year, Uttar Pradesh Minister said that if a monkey attacked anyone in their home, there was not much a Satta (power) could do. His reaction was referring to the multiple attacks that were happening on the people of UP by stray monkeys and dogs.
In June 2018, in yet another bizarre incident, a 65-year-old man died after being chased by monkeys on his own terrace. While this was overlooked as a one-off incident, locals then had confirmed that this is not the first time untamed monkeys have wreaked havoc in areas surrounding Firozabad and Agra.
In March earlier this year, almost 100 monkeys were reportedly found dead after consuming some sort of a poison in the Amroha district of UP.
While attending an event in September at Mathura, Yogi Adityanath said reciting Hanuman Chalisa will stop the menace and the person reciting Chalisa won’t be harmed by the monkeys.
“Mai yahan aaya to mujhse kaha gaya ki yahan par bandar bade pareshan kar rahe hain. Maine kaha ‘Bajrang Bali’ ki aarti karna shuru karo, ‘hanuman chalisa’ ka path karo, bandar kabhi nuksaan nahin pahuchayega (After I came here I was told that the monkeys in the area keep attacking people. I suggested them to worship ‘Bajrang Bali’ and chant ‘Hanuman Chalisa’. If you do so, the monkeys will never attack you),” CM Adityanath was quoted as saying by news agency ANI.
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