ANDHRA PRADESH

Fear stalks in the form of simians

TASTY BITES: A monkey relishing a broken coconut.

TASTY BITES: A monkey relishing a broken coconut.  

S.Ramu

NALGONDA: Sickened by the monkey menace as well as the cold response from officials in solving the horrible problem, four persons of Avanthipuram of Miryalaguda mandal knocked at the doors of the judiciary.

Advocate Gajji Kurumulu and three others filed a petition with the Legal Services Authority Chairman and Additional District Magistrate, Miryalaguda. "Vexed by official apathy, I filed a petition with the LSA and consequently, notices were issued to the Collector, District Medical & Health Officer, Divisional Forest Officer and village sarpanch," Mr.Kurumulu told The Hindu on Friday. He maintained that a horde of 450 monkeys have been creating havoc in the village for the last one year.

Constant vigil

"Our freedom has been curbed by the monkey brigade. Let alone fruits, vegetables and crops in open space, cooked food is being taken away from the kitchens. We keep a constant vigil on our children to protect them from monkeys," Padma, a villager lamented. A poultry farm-owner reportedly spent nearly Rs.1 lakh to get rid of the menace, but in vain. In a bid to scare away simians, he brought a baboon from Chilkur but soon the animals of the same tribe became close friends. "After befriending the baboon, the simians injured seven workers of the poultry farm forcing the owner to send back the baboon to Chilkur," a villager said.

The villagers rue over lack of stocks of vaccine to treat victims at the area hospital in Miryalaguda town. "One has to take five doses of Rabis-4, but the stocks are not available. As each dose costs Rs.300 in the black market, poor and downtrodden are suffering the pain silently," the petitioner said.

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