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Delhi's stray monkeys fail to find a new home

MP Govt has expressed its inability to comply with the Supreme Court's order to accept these monkeys, reports Satya Prakash.

india Updated: Nov 08, 2006 00:35 IST

The 300-odd monkeys ordered to be translocated from Delhi may not get a new home in Madhya Pradesh forests as the State Government has expressed its inability to comply with the Supreme Court's order to accept them.

In an application filed in the court through counsel CD Singh, the state government said it would be difficult for it to further translocate the monkeys from the capital in view of large scale public resentment over it.

The state has sought modification of the October 10 order saying people's representatives have also raised the issue at various forums. It also pointed out it has already accepted 250 monkeys in compliance with the court's April 2004 order.

These monkeys tend to be aggressive and attack local inhabitants in general and children in particular and continue to intrude into the premises of human settlement to consume edible substances and destroy the crops and harvest leading to public resentment, the state government said.

It also took the plea that monkeys upset the ecological balance of the forest where they were translocated. "It has been reported by the Forest Department that there has been decrease in the number of some species of birds as monkeys either destroy or consume their eggs and also damage the nests," the application said.

The Supreme Court had on October 10 directed that the 300 monkeys captured during a special drive against stray animals in New Delhi be handed over to the Chief Wildlife Warden of Madhya Pradesh where they would be released in the wild.

The order had come from a Bench headed by Chief Justice YK Sabharwal on a PIL by one Gita Seshamani seeking directions to the Centre and the Union Ministry of Environment and Forests to check stray animal menace by sterilizing them and also by shifting them to other states.

According to the order, the monkeys, currently being kept at Rajokari after being captured from various parts of the capital, were to be trans-located to Madhya Pradesh. The court asked the Centre to bear the expenses of Rs 25 lakh towards rehabilitation of the monkeys. Most of them have been sterilized.

Most of the monkeys were captured from Central Secretariat, Birla Mandir, Malcha Marg, Krishna Menon Marg and Sena Bhawan areas of the city.


First Published: Nov 08, 2006 00:35 IST