When an agitated security guard, fed up of monkeys jumping around, opened fire at the simians, little did he know that he would be arrested for ‘murder’.
The incident took place at a city club at Cantonment late Monday night. The guard, identified as Eklavya, allegedly shot at the monkeys with his licensed gun. While one monkey died, two others were injured and fled the spot.
Doctors, who conducted the autopsy of the carcass, recovered pellets from it and the forest department has filed a complaint in the case after animal rights activists held a protest.
The shooting was witnessed by rickshaw puller Indrajeet and tea vendor Kashyap. They were the ones who took the injured monkey to a private veterinary clinic. They did not find a doctor there, but met a volunteer from the People for Animals, an organisation working for the welfare of animals.
“The volunteer took the monkey to a doctor in Raipurwa, where it died during treatment,” said Archana Tripathi, president of the Kanpur chapter of the People for Animals.
“Eyewitnesses told me that the guard shot the monkey,” she said.
According to the two eyewitnesses, seven-eight monkeys were playing in the area. The guard, who was standing there, got irritated and fired two shots. Three monkeys fell from the trees. While one lay unconscious, the other two ran away, they said.
The guard fired at the monkeys with his single barrel gun, the two witnesses claimed.
Archana Tripathi said she informed the forest department and district magistrate Kaushal Raj Sharma about the accident.
A team of forest officials took the carcass to the Kanpur zoo for an autopsy while the Cantonment police examined the site and recorded the statement of eyewitnesses.
“Instructions have been issued to register a case against the guard,” Sharma said.
Forest ranger IB Singh, who got the autopsy conducted in the presence of the police, said a case will be registered under sections of the Wildlife Protection Act and Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act.
Sushil Ghule, assistant superintendent of police (Cantonment), said the process to register a case has been started. “We will arrest the guard as soon as the process is over,” he said.