|Monkeys are terrorizing the residents of Jayanagar 8th
block. The simians have bit at least eight people in the recent past.
Though the monkey menace surfaces in the City from time to time and later
subsides, never before had the problem assumed such ominous proportions, say residents of
"Not only do they ransack our households but they also attack
womenfolk when they try to shoo them away" said Srinivas whose mother was bitten by a
ferocious monkey inside the house last week.
"They dirty our water tank, carry away and tear clothes which are
put out for drying, snap telephone and cable wires, drop tender coconuts from tree
tops", he said. Though the coconut drops have not injured anyone, people are scared
to even step out of their houses said Srinivas.
"The monkeys enter houses and pick on anything they fancy, from
eatables to show-pieces". There have been innumerable complaints of monkeys
scratching and injuring suspecting people, said residents.
Interestingly, the simians seem to have targeted only the fairer sex
until now, but they may soon become bold enough to attack males, including the old and
infirm, apprehends a resident.
What is instilling fear into the minds of the residents is the opinion
of doctors that monkey bites were more dangerous than a mad dogs bite. Anti-rabies
injections were being administered to victims, the residents point out, but fear that they
may still contract the disease if the monkeys are rabid.
About 70 to 80 monkeys are usually present in the area from morning to
evening causing untold anxiety and trouble to residents, said another resident, Ravindra.
Even as the numerous pleas and representations to the City Corporation
and Bangalore City Development authorities have failed to yield any result as the
officials keep passing the buck, the monkey menace rages unabated.
Though Minister of State for Bangalore City Development Minister R.
Roshan Baig and City Corporation Administrator A. Ravindra had assured the residents that
action would be taken nothing has been done, the residents said.