A 27-year-old man died on Sunday night after he fell from the third-floor terrace of his house in Nathupur village of DLF Phase-3 as he tried to ward of a group of monkeys that were approaching him.
Rajesh Mandal went to the terrace at 5.30 pm to dry clothes, when the simians attacked him, police said. Mandal was a labourer from West Bengal and had rented a room in the building.
When he found 10-12 monkeys approaching towards him, he tried to scare them away with a stick. As he walked backwards, he slipped and fell on the roof of the adjoining temple, neighbours said.
He was rushed to the Neelkanth Hospital in DLF Phase 3, from where he was referred to AIIMS, Delhi, police said.
“He died during treatment at AIIMS at 9.30 pm on Sunday,” said assistant sub inspector of police, Rishi Pal, the investigating officer.
An entry has been made at the DLF Phase-3 police outpost.
Gurgaon residents frequently face trouble from monkeys. Their growing numbers is a constant worry for both civic and wildlife officials.
Wildlife department officials say over 20,000 monkeys roam around freely.
“We have lived in constant fear of monkeys for the past few years. Last week, too, a group of moneys destroyed a water pipe line. The area suffered from a water crisis,” said Deepak Lohiya, a resident of Nathupur village.
Residents claimed to have complained many times to the Municipal Corporation of Gurgoan (MCG) but in vain.
“MCG officials never visit this part of the city. Our complaints are never heard by any government officials,” said resident Hemraj Kataria.
Of the 7,372 rabies cases reported in the city’s civil hospital in 2015, 387 were of monkey bites. The hospital receives 32-35 cases of monkey bites a month, which is an incident a day.
Corporation officials claim that staff shortage hinders their monkey-catching efforts. “We do not have any place to keep all these animals... We will launch a campaign to drive away monkeys from urban areas,” said MCG spokesperson SS Rohila.