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City sees rise in monkey menace, residents panic

india Updated: Nov 11, 2011 01:05 IST
Divya Sethi

The city has been witnessing some unwanted guests — the monkeys — creating panic among the residents.

Due to fear of these monkeys, residents have restricted their movements.

The authority on the other hand find it difficult to catch these rowdy animals.

Residents have stopped their children from going to the parks. Even senior citizens do not feel safe to go out on walks. Talking about the menace, Kamlesh Nath, a resident of DLF, Phase I, Block G, said, “This place has become dangerous, it is actually scary to move out, though authorities are co-operating but we know how we are managing. We keep our doors and windows close and avoid going out on walks. And even if we go out we do not forget to carry a walking stick.”

“Nearly three months ago, about 12 people were bitten by monkeys here in this society. My gardener was the recent target of theses monkeys,” said Sameer Tripathi, vice president,
South City Resident Welfare Association (RWA).

According to Vijender Sharma, senior sanitation inspector, MCG, who handles the complaints of the residents said, “Within 24 hour of complaint we put up a cage in that area to capture monkeys. We have hired a person for this work. He charges R700 for one monkey. And we make sure that the monkeys are relocated properly and safely to some forest areas so that they do not return.” He further said, “Despite all the efforts it is not easy to catch these monkeys. From last many days we have been receiving complaint from Sector 56. We have put up a cage for three days but not a single monkey could be lured inside”.