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JOB ON HAND:Yellaiah, the caretaker, with the langur at Babansahebgudem in Nalgonda district.Photo: Singam Venkataramana
JOB ON HAND:Yellaiah, the caretaker, with the langur at Babansahebgudem in Nalgonda district.Photo: Singam Venkataramana

About 1,500 villagers of Babansahebgudam in Nakrekal mandal are successfully implementing the time-tested policy of ‘Set a thief to catch a thief' to find an effective solution to the problems posed by rampaging monkeys, which have been bothering them for nearly a decade. Recently, they deployed a langur to drive away the unwelcome visitors for good.

About 200 monkeys have been causing havoc in the village, regularly raiding houses, taking away vegetables, fruits, household items, clothes, attacking children, removing tiles of small dwellings and damaging crops.

So fed up were some residents that they chose to build houses at far off places. Also, some sentimental village elders were hesitant to attack the monkeys, as they saw Lord Hanuman in them.

As a solution, a former Sarpanch of Nakrekal had even suggested that the monkeys be caught and released in a far off place.

Rs. 8,000

But to the shock of the residents, the simians returned and continued to harass the hapless villagers. As a last resort, as suggested by someone they pooled resources to buy a langur for Rs. 8,000. The villagers built a shelter for it. The presence of langur created a scare among the monkeys, which soon did the disappearing act.

Now that the residents are at peace thanks to the vanishing act of the monkeys, another problem seems to have cropped up. Maintenance of the langur is turning out to be a costly affair. They have to spend Rs.100 a day on a variety of fruits and vegetables to feed the langur.

On hire

To take care of the expenses, the villagers hit upon an idea. They now rent out the langur to other villages facing the monkey menace. Accompanied by its caretaker S. Yellaiah, the langur can be hired for Rs. 550 per day of which Rs. 300 goes to the caretaker.

Residents of Babansahebgudem have bought a langur to tackle monkey menace in their village

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