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Hungry monkeys enter housing society in Mumbai suburb, steal food from kitchen

The monkeys’ rampage was not limited to kitchen, they also cavorted in swimming pools and spoiled the water, complained residents.

mumbai Updated: Aug 06, 2017 00:47 IST
Sajana Nambiar
Monkeys from SGNP entered Thane’s Haware city on Ghodbunder Road, spreading fear among residents.
Monkeys from SGNP entered Thane’s Haware city on Ghodbunder Road, spreading fear among residents.(Praful Gangurde)

Residents of Haware City Complex on Ghodbunder road in Thane have been living in a constant fear of monkeys for the past 15 days.

They complained to the forest department to quickly rein in rampaging simians.

Monkeys entered the houses and ate all food from kitchen, said residents, adding that it was the first time that they had encountered the problem.

“I have been living here for the past three years and I have never come across monkeys here. For the past 15 days, the situation has changed. Monkeys enter my kitchen and eat all food in daytime. They are growing fearless day by day,” said Ambetkar Singh, 35, one of the residents.

The 28-storey building has 22 wings. Each floor has four rooms and most of the rooms are occupied. Around 5,000 people live in the complex.

Monkeys’ rampage was not limited to kitchen, they also cavorted in swimming pools and spoiled the water, complained residents.

“My son is very scared whenever they jump into our kitchen. They have learnt how to open the window panes even if it is locked. Despite complaining to the forest department, officials have not taken any action so far,” said Deepali Karnik, 30, another resident.

“The building is located near to the Sanjiv Gandhi National Park, which is the reason that we are under attack. If we start taking monkeys away, they will turn aggressive. The only thing we can do is create awareness among residents on how to deal with them. If there is any harm to residents, we will remove all monkeys from the area,” said Vasant Salve, Wildlife forester, Thane.