The killing of eight monkeys flared up communal tension in Macherheta area of Sitapur district on Saturday. Police force has been deployed in the area to maintain law and order as protesting villagers blocked the movement of traffic on Mishrikh-Sitapur highway.
To restrain the people from indulging in violence Minister of state for prison, Rampal Rajvanshi rushed to the spot. He told the villagers that cops would hunt down the culprit. When the villagers refused to budge Rajvanshi announced construction of a temple in memory of the monkeys and installation of a hand pump at the spot. Then only the villagers agreed for the burial of the monkeys.
Meanwhile the photograph of the dead monkeys went viral on the social media sight- Facebook and WhatsApp. Large number of people shared the photograph and demanded action against the culprit. Superintendent of police, Rajesh Krishna said the police was trying to identify the people who have posted the photograph on the social media. Action would be taken against those who have shared the photo and made hate speech, he said.
A police officer said on Saturday morning the residents of Sikandarpur village found the dead bodies of eight monkeys lying in a field near the canal. As the news of the killing of the monkeys spread large number of villagers gathered at the spot and started protesting. The activists of Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) and Bajrang Dal too joined the protest. The SP rushed to the spot with large contingent of police force.
The officers of forest department and animal husbandry department were also summoned. The district administration officers sent the carcass of monkeys for postmortem to veterinary hospital. The doctors said the monkeys were killed with sharp edged weapon.
Forest ranger, AK Singh handed over a complaint to station house officer (SHO) Macherheta for registration of FIR against the killer. An FIR under Wild Life Protection Act was registered against the unidentified persons. Singh said large number of monkeys lives in the forest area and usually moves in the nearby villages in search of food.