2001-07-20 05:17 (New York)
New Delhi (dpa) - A monkey with a taste for booze is terrorizing parts of the
northern Indian city of Lucknow, reports said on Friday. The simian tippler goes
on a biting rampage if it does not get its daily dose of alcohol, the Asian Age
newspaper reported. More than a dozen people have been bitten by the ape, which
last week ripped off the ear of a seven-year-old boy. Frightened residents of
the city's Rajajipuram locality have stopped sending their children to school
and people on their way to work move through the area in groups armed with
sticks. A local resident said some teenage boys of the locality were responsible
for the monkey menace. He said the monkey was a peaceable creature until one day
when the boys caught it and forced liquor down its throat. The boys enjoyed its
drunken behaviour and it became a routine for them to get the monkey drunk. Soon
the boys got bored and stopped providing alcoholic drinks to the monkey but it
had become addicted by then and turned violent whenever it failed to get any
alcohol. Under India's wildlife laws the monkey cannot be killed. Hindus
consider monkeys sacred as incarnations of the ape god Hanuman.
A monkey went on the rampage at a girls' school on Wednesday morning. It
snatched food from students and held them by their shirts. Finally, police
had to be called in.
The monkey invaded Jewish Girls' School on Royd Street during the break. The
girls, who were either playing or having their tiffin panicked, resulting in
a near stampede, said an officer of Park Street police station.
Some were caught unawares. The monkey ran up to them and snatched their
tiffin. When one girl tried to resist, it slapped her. It also held on to
the shirt of another girl, who tried to flee.
Park Street police was informed and rushed to the school. It was finally
trapped with a bait of bananas and taken to the police station.
Later, the forest department's rescue squad took it to the Salt Lake
wildlife rescue hub. "The monkey is doing well. It became aggressive as
it was out of its group," said V K Yadav, deputy chief wildlife warden.