HC seeks details on monkey and stray dog menace



Shimla (Sep 15): Taking cognizance of increasing threat of monkeys and stray dogs to human beings in the capital town, a d ivision bench of Himachal Pradesh High Court today sought details on the matter by directing the administration to file an affidavit as to how many people were affected how many were treated in various hospitals.

The division bench comprising Chief Justice Kurian Joseph and Justice Rajiv Sharma also directed the municipal commissioner, Shimla, and divisional forest officer (Wildlife), Shimla, to file affidavits as to the steps taken by them in this regard and the result thereof.

The court passed these orders in a suo moto action on the letter of a senior citizen Devki Nandan Kaushik of Nabha Estate to the Chief Justice on the menace of monkeys, langoors and dogs and the problems being faced by the residents of Phagli, Nabha, Tuti Kandi and nearby areas due to this.

It is worthwhile to mention here that last week as many as 16 persons were bitten and injured by a rogue monkey which was latter gunned down by wildlife authorities after chasing it for three days.

Shimla Nagrik Sabha and a number of Left wing organizations also lodged protests against failure of the state government in curbing the increasing menace of monkeys, starry animals, bears, wild boar and neelgai (antelope).

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