Monday, October 22, 2007

New Delhi Deputy Mayor Dies From Monkey Attack

monkeys killThe deputy mayor of the Indian capital New Delhi has died after being attacked by wild monkeys at his home.

SS Bajwa, 52, suffered serious head injuries after falling from a terrace during the attack.

Mr Bajwa was rushed to hospital but died from his injuries a short time later.

The city has long struggled to contain the monkeys, which overrun government buildings and temples, scare passers-by and sometimes bite or snatch food from unsuspecting people.

Mr Bajwa, who was elected deputy mayor earlier this year, belonged to India's main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party, which has been criticised for not doing enough to rid the city of the animals.

The defence ministry, however, has attempted to solve the problem by training bands of langur monkeys to attack the smaller, rhesus macaques.

City authorities have also used monkey catchers but the issue persists.

Part of the problem is that culling is unacceptable to Hindus, who revere the monkeys as a living link to the deity Hanuman, a monkey god who symbolises strength.

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Anonymous said...

// Om Namo Hanumantaay Namah: //

Thats the problem with the monkey-cathcher - First: they have to have an other Religion and second: people set them "free", which means they terrorize some other village.

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