Monkeys on a rampage have left Patna residents a harried lot these days. Several persons, including women and children, have borne the burnt of simian attacks in the past few days. Not to mention people have lost their lives because of the monkey menace in the area.
Munna Mishra, a temple priest, was killed in the Mirchai Gali locality under Chowk police station of Old Patna when a troop of monkeys playing on the terrace of his house dropped a few bricks on him while he was sweeping the floor downstairs on Monday. Mishra was rushed to the Nalanda Medical College and Hospital by his family members but he succumbed to his injuries on the way.
Mishra’s death caused widespread panic in the area. He was the third person in recent times to have lost his life because of the nuisance caused by monkeys in the locality. After Mishra’s death, police wanted to take his body for a post-mortem examination to enable his family get ex-gratia but his relatives declined to opt for the autopsy of his body. Locals alleged that monkeys had bitten several people in areas under the three police stations of Malsalami, Chowk and Khajekalan over the past week.
“They not only snatch vegetable bags and other goods from the hands of people but also bite them,” Jeetendra Singh, a resident of Bhadra Ghat, said. “Some school-going children have also become their target.” He said that two more persons had died recently in the mishaps caused by monkeys. Taking cognisance of the incident, senior superintendent of police Vikas Vaibhav has directed forest department officials and the Patna Municipal Corporation to catch the monkeys and hand them over to the Sanjay Gandhi Biological Park.