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S. Harpal Singh
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At their wits’ end:A villager chasing the monkeys by hurling stones from a slingshot at Tommidigudisela Palle in Jannaram mandal of Adilabad district.-PHOTO: S. HARPAL SINGH
At their wits’ end:A villager chasing the monkeys by hurling stones from a slingshot at Tommidigudisela Palle in Jannaram mandal of Adilabad district.-PHOTO: S. HARPAL SINGH

A seemingly trivial issue related with trouble caused by the monkeys is threatening to affect the economy of Tommidigudisela Palle hamlet or for that matter Indhanpalli village in Jannaram mandal. The farmers in these villages and many others in Kadem and Mamda mandals are horrified at the damage caused to their property and crops by the fast multiplying troops of monkeys.

“The fellows not only snatch food from us but also eat maturing cotton bolls, maize, chillies, mangoes and any eatable that comes their way. Saving crop has become a big headache for us,” says Maggidi Sailu. “The 8 acres of land belonging to late Kamera Premsagar has been rendered fallow as no one came to take it on lease this year owing to the monkey menace. Crop protection is becoming impossible heres,” observes Mutyam Lachanna, pointing towards the monkeys as effect which could rob villagers of precious money in the longer run.

“Ever since the monkeys arrived in the village about two years ago we have not had peaceful sleep. They invade our homes by damaging tiles in the roof and attack us if we try to shoo them away,” bemoans Morugu Kantaiah, a farmer from TG Palle who was spotted driving away a pack of the simians by hurling stones from a sling shot.

“We do not get proper treatment whenever a monkey bites an individual in the village. The doctors at Jannaram government hospital say they can treat only two monkey or dog bite patients at a time and injecting one individual with the medicine will result in half of it going waste,” reveals Pancharpula Sathaiah, one of the several victims, of the strange predicament especially of children who are prone to physical attacks by the simians.

The sorry tale of TG Palle or other villages looks bizarre given the inaction of forest officials. “We have stopped complaining as they do not respond,” points out a helpless Yenaganti Srinivas Goud.

Farmers from the villages in Kadem and Mamda mandals are faced with the problem of dealing with the simians that are out to damage their property and crops

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