Corpses of 40 monkeys found in jute bags in Telengana village
Up to 40 monkeys were found crammed into jute bags in a decomposed state behind an electrical substation in the village of Sanigapuram in the Telangana city of Mahabubabad, police said Wednesday, adding that the animals may have been poisoned.
According to the police, some local villagers first noticed the bodies of the monkeys after a strong stench emitted from the location on a mound, and immediately reported it to the police and forest authorities.
Mahabubabad (rural) Police Deputy Inspector Ch Ramesh Babu told HT that the incident could have taken place about five or six days ago. “We have registered a case under section 429 (killing and poisoning of animals) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), in addition to section 11 (l) of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1960,” he said. Babu.
District Forestry Officer (DFO) Poloju Krishnamachary said the decomposed bodies of the monkeys were cremated in the afternoon.
Forest officials suspect that some locals, who could not tolerate the threat created by the monkeys, could be behind the killings.
The DFO said that police investigations revealed that some animal hunters from Rajahmundry in Andhra Pradesh had arrived in Mahabubabad some time ago and their involvement could not be ruled out either.