A 70-year-old man died when he fell from the terrace of his house at Vijay Nagar in Ghaziabad while fending off an attack by a dozen monkeys on Monday, the latest incident of man-animal conflict in the area.
The problem has been going on for many years in Sector 9, where the family lives. Mahipal Singh, son of the victim, Jahariya Singh, had survived a similar attack last year.
“My father fell from the second floor of the house to the roof of our neighbour’s house. He suffered internal injuries. We rushed him to a private hospital where he was given pain killers,” said the Mahipal Singh.
Singh said the medicines gave some relief to his father and they took him to a family doctor. As the doctor was away, they decided to wait during which time Jahariya’s condition deteriorated.
“When the doctor came, he asked us to rush my father to a hospital. We took him to a hospital where he died,” he said.
Meanwhile, officials of the Ghaziabad municipal corporation and the forest department assigned responsibility over the incident to one other.
“Since monkeys come under the wildlife category, the forest department should catch them. We have facilities only for catching stray cattle,” said Dr RK Yadav, city health officer from the municipal corporation.
The forest department said it required funds to catch the animals and rehabilitate them elsewhere.
“The monkeys are in the city areas and the corporation should make arrangements to catch them, like in other cities. Otherwise, our department should be provided with funds for such arrangements,” said Joga Singh, Ghaziabad divisional forest officer.