Vrindavan, 2019.04.30 (VT): In the last 30 days more than 100 monkeys have been found dead under suspicious circumstances in the Govind Bagh area of Bihari Pura (ward number 70), Vrindavan.
Suspecting foul play, Deepak Parashar, a resident of the locality, has filed a police complaint under the Wildlife (Protection) Amendment Act, 2002, demanding a thorough investigation into this matter.
According to locals, around 3-4 monkeys were found dead in the area since the last couple of months, particularly between April 1 and 18. Initially, the sudden primate deaths were being attributed to the summer heat, but with the spreading of this news, such incidents became infrequent. The fact that the situation resumed after the paranoia subsided has raised doubts among the locals.
According to complainant Deepak Parashar, monkeys are dying painfully and this is happening only in and around a particular locality, giving rise to the suspicion that they are being poisoned.
Incidents of monkeys attacking people have become frequent, and there have been cases where they have also proved fatal. The situation has reached a state where some people are explicitly advocating the culling of these ‘unruly primates’.
It is possible that residents who are living in the grip of fear may have taken this extreme step in the absence of any help from concerned authorities. The government and district administration have consistently failed in this regard. There have been ‘seasonal talks’ during elections about monkey safaris, relocation, and sterilization, but no substantial or effective on-ground measures have been implemented yet.
Despite the fact that the residence of the local councillor is in Govind Bagh, nothing was done about ensuring the safety of humans and monkeys in this area.
After another monkey was found dead last evening, the police have finally sprung into action. Govind Bagh residents are being questioned on the matter. In future, the bodies of dead monkeys will be sent for post-mortem in order to ascertain the reason behind their death.