Vrindavan, 2019.05.13 (VT): The man-animal conflict in Vrindavan has taken an ugly turn. Last week Braj was abuzz with the news of more than 100 monkeys found dead under suspicious circumstances in Govind Bagh area of Bihari Pura (ward number 70), Vrindavan.
A study of animals’ viscera in the Forensic Science Laboratory, Agra has revealed the cause of death as poisoning. According to the report, the monkeys were given rat poison tucked inside wheat flour balls. Traces of the poison were recovered from their intestines.
When initial reports based on post-mortem done in Vrindavan’s veterinary hospital suggested that monkey deaths were happening due to contaminated drain/sewage water, infection and dehydration, some activists raised concern about the authenticity of the report and questioned whether the hospital is authorised and competent enough to conduct visceral examinations.
After much delay, the viscera were sent to Agra for further examination. The reports have now conclusively proved that the simians were poisoned to death.
Last month, particularly between April 1 and April 18, around 3-4 monkeys were being found dead every day in Govind Bagh, Vrindavan. Suspecting foul play, Deepak Parashar, a resident of the locality, had filed a police complaint under the Wildlife (Protection) Amendment Act, 2002, demanding a thorough investigation into this matter.
It is unfortunate that the government and administration’s passivity and failure to control the monkey menace has pushed people to the limits, and someone has taken this extreme step. The problem of illegal animal culling is not limited to monkeys alone. People are also killing stray cows to save their farms and peacocks are also being poisoned.
In the recent past, the lab has been receiving around 10 visceral samples of these animals every day. In more than 80% of the cases, the cause of death is poisoning. Samples are being received from Mathura, Eta and Kasganj. Apart from distressed farmers, it has been revealed that the animals are being killed for their hide.