The Himachal Pradesh High Court on Tuesday reserved judgment on a case pertaining to the growing monkey and stray animal menace in the state. The court had last year observed that an increasing number of wild monkeys and stray dogs were posing a threat to state residents.
A division bench comprising chief justice Mansoor Ahmad Mir and justice Tarlok Singh Chauhan today reserved judgment after hearing all the parties and going through the government's (state and central) point of view.
The court had observed that the number of wild monkeys and stray dogs was increasing day by day. "It is shocking to record that in the last week a young woman lost her life," read the orders passed on November 12 last year.
Mir had observed in his earlier orders that the writ petition was in docket for the past eleven years as was filed in 2003, while other writ petitions were also pending for last four years. He said speaking orders had been passed from time to time. Despite this neither the state nor the central government took the requisite steps in order to check the rising monkey and stray dog menace.
On November 13, 2013 state principal chief conservator of forest (wildlife) cum chief wildlife warden wrote to the central additional director general (wildlife) to deal with the issue.