Telangana Shocker, 40 Monkeys Allegedly Poisoned to Death
The malefactors killed about 40 monkeys, including some baby apes, allegedly by poisoning them in the Mahabubabad district of Telangana, police said Wednesday.
The highly decomposed carcasses of the monkeys were found tucked into jute bags in the bushes on a ridge behind an electrical substation in the village of Sanigapuram near the city of Mahabubabad.
Some local villagers who noticed the corpses after a foul stench immediately reported it to the police and forest authorities.
Mahabubabad (Rural) Police Deputy Inspector Ch Ramesh Babu told the Hindustan Times that the incident could have occurred about five or six days ago, but that it came to light on Wednesday.
“It is not only tragic, but a cowardly act. We have registered a case under Section 429 (killing and poisoning of animals) of the Indian Penal Code, in addition to Section 11 (l) of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1960, ”said Ramesh Babu.
The district forest officer, Poloju Krishnamachary, said it was shocking to find so many monkeys being killed. “We have never encountered such an incident,” he said.
Forest officials suspect it could be the work of some locals, who could not bear the threat of money. “We are also making inquiries in the surrounding villages. We are trying to locate the criminals with the help of the police. The investigation is ongoing, ”the DFO said, adding that the decomposed carcasses of the monkeys were cremated later in the afternoon.
He said that police investigations revealed that some animal hunters from Rajahmundry, in the East Godavari district of Andhra Pradesh, had arrived in Mahabubabad some time ago and their involvement could not be ruled out either.
“Generally, these game hunters use tranquilizers to sedate wild animals, take them and leave them in the woods. Maybe they had used an overdose of sedation that killed so many monkeys, ”the forestry official said.