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Holy cows, monkeys - interaction with people

nabadip - Wed, 04 May 2005 17:14:54 +0530

New Delhi, May 3, 2005: The Delhi High Court has ordered officials to clean up one of the biggest menaces prowling the wide avenues, luscious parks and crowded bazaars of the capital New Delhi -- holy cows.

About 35,000 cows and buffaloes roam free in Delhi in the heart of India’s "cow belt", sharing roads with hordes of monkeys, camels and stray dogs and killing scores of people every year in gorings and traffic accidents.

Most are owned by residents who let them graze on grass and rubbish dumps and sell the milk to thousands of illegal dairies supplying New Delhi's 14 million people.

Delhi's High Court ordered the city authorities to clear the streets more than three years ago and about 30,000 animals have since been picked up, most later dying in state shelters.

But angry at the city's failure to finish the job and under pressure from non-government groups, the court last week ordered the municipal authorities to speed up their efforts and gave them a week to convince it they had a workable solution.

Flustered officials are in a bind. Many of the strays are owned by people with powerful political or criminal connections and round-up crews sometimes need police guards.

Sceptical cow owners are also simply shifting their beasts for now to ride out what they see as a passing campaign.

"It's all a ploy to make more money," 35-year veteran Rajesh Sharma told the India Abroad News Service. "These cows and bulls have been roaming around in the streets even before the British came to India. It's just a temporary gimmick."

The city is toying with implanting microchips in cows to identify them and record medical history. But the $20 a beast cost has angered owners. Non-government groups say the government just doesn't have the resources to deal with the problem.

"If they fail to prevent the movement of cows on city roads, then cattle-catching should be privatised, said Meira Bhatia, a lawyer at the Deli-based NGO Common Cause, which launched the original court case and last week urged faster action. "The authorities have failed to comply with the court's judgment."

Meanwhile, the city is also infested with thousands of monkeys blamed for attacking people and stealing medicine from hospitals and files from government offices.

The monkeys are too smart for traps, sterilisation is too costly, animal rights groups fight round-ups and they are well-fed and protected by residents who consider them auspicious.

Thousands of people pour into temples and leave offerings of food around the city every Tuesday, the monkey-god's day.

Delhi plastic surgeons say the biggest source of work among children in the city is treating monkey bites. The monkey problem has become worse since 1978, when India, then the world's largest supplier, banned the exporting of monkeys for medical research.

But in Delhi, authorities can do little more than fine people for feeding them and calling in specially trained, larger and more aggressive long-tailed langur monkeys to scare them off.
nabadip - Fri, 24 Jun 2005 17:23:21 +0530
Monkey menace robs Kalna of peace

Statesman News Service

KALNA, June 22. — A monkey deserted by it’s herd has been creating havoc in Purbasthali, about 45 km from here for the past fortnight. It has injured as many as 60 people including schoolteachers and students, beggars, railway staffs and four policemen. According to government reports the health services authorities have recorded 39 cases of monkey bites till now. The Kalna SDO has sought the forest department’s assistance to help ending the menace in the area.

The monkey herd had struck the locations adjacent to the Purbasthali Police Station complex about one and half months ago. The herd, according to the policemen: “Had been quite calm.” But according to the officials, “The herd one day deserted a male and vanished from the area. The male is still roaming in the area and has been on the rampage ever since.” Initially locals expected the animal would leave the place within a day or two. But, according to Mr Akhil Das, secretary, Purbasthali market committee: “The male monkey became reckless after it was deserted. It started biting the pedestrians and shop owners in the market.” He complained: “The market committee had sought assistance from the administration and police but it has remained indifferent.”

Those bitten by the monkey too have not been got anti-rabis treatment from the district health authority. This has led to further chaos. Mr Sristidhar Mondal, pradhan with the local Mertala GP said: “We have received a number of cases of monkey bites and each of them had to buy medicines worth Rs 1600.” The Kalna sub-divisional hospital authority has washed it’s hand off the entire matter stating that the vaccine supply from the district headquarters is insufficient. The matter has reached such an extent that the Kalna SDO, Mr Srikumar Chakraborty had to seek assistance from the district forest department. Mr Chakraborty meanwhile alleged that the forest department did not respond on time.

Locals protesting against the alleged apathy by the administration organised a rail roko in Purbasthali on 20 June that hampered railway services in Bandel-Katwa section. Yesterday a contingent of forest officials led by the Burdwan ranger, Mr Arun Kumar Bose finally reached Purbasthali. The team armed with tranquiliser gun and a huge net led a hunting drive in Purbasthali for four hours but the monkey could not be located. Mr Bose said: “The monkey has become a rogue and in such cases the animals become selfish and dangerous. We are supposed to keep watch over the scenario.” He added: “We shall try to trap it first and if it fails we shall charge tranquilising bullet.”

The monkey could not be traced as yet. Meanwhile another herd of monkey has been roaming in the City Centre area these days causing huge disturbance in the locality.

The herd, according to the Durgapur forest division officials used to reside in a jungle within the CSIR owned Central Mechanical Engineering Research Institute complex. After the authority went on a random felling of trees, the monkeys of CMERI have become homeless.