Monkey business acquired a whole new meaning in Delhi recently.
Unable to get any help from the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) in tackling the menace of stray monkeys in their area, residents of Mayur Vihar phase II took matters into their own hands and hired a langoor to chase them away.
"We had no other option but to hire a langoorwala, as the situation was getting out of hand. The monkeys used to raid our kitchens, in search of food," said Abha Sen, a resident of Mayur Vihar, phase II.
"It had become difficult to even walk safely on streets," Sen added.
Now, though, the hunters have become the hunted, as the langoors hired by residents are in turn becoming targets of the violent monkeys.
One of the langoors is already dead.
However, speak to residents about it and they are wary.
"No one wants to talk about this incident, as we are then harrased by wildlife activists," said a resident who did not wish to be named.
"We are legally not supposed to use a langoor to chase away the monkeys," the resident added.
The monkeys have been giving sleepless nights to residents in the area for some time now.
Children from the area are not able to play in peace and senior citizens are scared of going for strolls, fearing attacks by the simians.
"The situation is really bad in the entire area, particularly for kids and senior citizens.
We have been facing this problem for quite some time now," said Rajesh Sehgal, general secretary, Mayur Vihar, phase-II Residents' Welfare Association (RWA).
The residents claim that though they regularly complain to the MCD, monkey catchers hardly visit the area.
"After we lodged several complaints, the catcher paid a visit once. He, too, brought a langoor along. Apart from that, we have never seen them," said Sumati Kumar, general secretary, Pocket-A, Mayur Vihar phase II RWA.
Meanwhile, realising that this may be the only way to deal with the nuisance created by monkeys across the city, the MCD itself has kept two langoors to ward off their simian cousins from the Karkardooma and Tees Hazari court complexes.