Delhi Deputy Mayor Sawinderjit Singh Bajwa (57), who fell off the terrace of his house on Saturday morning, succumbed to head and spinal injuries at the Indraprastha Apollo Hospital on Sunday. Family members said he fell while trying to stave off rampaging monkeys.
The incident happened around 7 am on Saturday when Bajwa was having his morning tea and reading the paper. Locals say monkeys are a big problem in the area but despite repeated complaints, nothing has been done. "We had even hired a
but the problem still persists. All of us have been facing this problem for the past several years," said Shweta Jain, Bajwa's neighbour.
Bajwa is survived by his wife Nimmy and two sons. His elder son Deepak is a Mumbai-based actor while the younger one returned from the US a few months back after pursuing higher studies.
Relatives and senior political leaders thronged Bajwa's residence throughout the day. "It is shocking. The Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) should take lessons and prevent such mishaps," said Yogender Chandolia, deputy chairman, standing committee, MCD. BJP leaders LK Advani and VK Malhotra also visited Bajwa's residence.
This is not the first case of monkey attack on denizens. The Delhi HC had pulled up the MCD several times in the past to curb monkey menace. The monkeys have moved into residential areas and official enclaves due to Delhi's shrinking forests and have become a "security threat".
Last year, the Defence Ministry found some of its top secret documents scattered one morning. The blame instantly fell on the monkeys that flock around the colonial-era building. A cabinet minister couldn't enter his official bungalow for months because the monkeys wouldn't let anybody enter the house. The presidential palace too has been targeted and the staff has been forced to employ a dark-faced
to scare away the monkeys.
(With PTI inputs)