Rajasthan: Simians spare none, locals seethe with anger and pain

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Jaipur
  • Updated: Apr 28, 2016 16:47 IST
People are scared to travel as monkeys also jump on cars and two-wheelers from rooftops and ledges. (HT Photo)

Monkeys are raiding houses and attacking residents of Janta Colony but the administration is still scratching their heads not knowing what to do.

A monkey bit Ramgopal Agarwal, 75, inside his house at Amarnath Ji ki Bagichi in the colony on Tuesday.

“I had gone to the roof and was climbing down the stairs after hearing a noise. I saw the monkey at the doorway of my house and before I had time to react, it bit my legs,” said Agarwal, rendered temporarily immobile.

Many residents from the locality sat in protest on Wednesday morning in front of Ankur Cinema against inaction by authorities.

Read: Jaipur civic body doesn’t give a monkey’s about this menace

“The police asked us to disperse. They couldn’t give us any satisfactory answer as to when our grievances will be addressed and some even threatened to arrest us,” said Asha Devi, one of the agitators.

“More than 30 people from the area have been attacked in the last fortnight. Five were attacked this morning. Many of the victims are children who were bitten while they were going to school or coaching classes. We are forced to carry sticks while leaving our houses,” said Shalini Khandelwal, a resident of the area.

People are scared to travel as monkeys also jump on cars and two-wheelers from rooftops and ledges. Even three-year-old China Nainawat has a leg bandaged due to simian rage.

For some disaster strikes twice. Bhanwar Singh Rajput was attacked by monkeys twice, on March 24 and April 15. His hand is wrapped in plaster.

“I was taken to the local satellite hospital at first but they referred me to Sawai Man Singh (SMS) hospital. The injections are expensive, it would have cost more if I had gone to a private hospital,” said Singh.

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