Passengers had a harrowing time on Friday morning when a monkey ran amok on the roof of the Chaudhary Charan Singh International Airport, Amausi, terminal.
A monkey entered the airport premises and started jumping on the terminal roof creating panic among the passengers of Indigo airways who were standing near the departure gate.
“During the hullabaloo the simian entered the terminal. Airport security staff had a tough time chasing the monkey and managing the crowd gathered outside the terminal,” an eyewitness told HT.
Airports Authority of India (AAI) officials said they had already written to the forest department to take action against the increasing population of stray monkeys in the precincts of the airport.
“We have already written to the authorities to control the growth of unauthorised colonies near the airport. They contribute to a great extent in inviting the stray simians, dogs and cattle, which enter the secured airport area,” airport director Suresh Chand Hota, who was in Delhi to attend a departmental meeting, told HT over the phone.
“The AAI has taken serious note of today’s incident and has written to the forest department to catch the simians in the area for ensuring safety of the passengers. Besides, we have also written to the municipal corporation to catch cattle entering the airport zone. They have been asked to take strict action against illegal meat shops operating in the area,” he added.