Jagatsinghpur, June 2 (LocalWire): Over 10 villagers, including women and children, have been injured in attacks by a horde of monkeys across Kujang block of Jagatsingpur district in Odisha.
The menace created by the simians has led to panic among locals, with villagers and children avoiding stepping out of their homes fearing an attack.
There have also been reports of the monkeys tearing clothes and throwing flower pots from the rooftops. They also snatch and run away with any edible items that are left in the open.
Nearly ten persons including women and children became victims of monkey bite at Pankpal, Pathuria, Badapal, Banikunda, Chandpur, Janapal and other villages of Pankpal panchayat under Kujang police limit.
The injured were administered first-aid and injected with the anti-rabies vaccine.
According to available reports, the horde of monkeys descend whenever they are hungry and create panic not only on streets but also attack homes.
Hundreds of irate people took to streets in protest against the continued indifference of the district authorities demanding immediate intervention to get rid of them.
Irate villagers also blocked the Pankpal road on the Cuttack Paradip state highway, yesterday. Later the locals called off their stir after assurance of help from the Kujang police.
Locals contend that the lack of forests cover around the area has taken away the natural habitat of monkeys, leaving them with little option but to venture into the towns and villages in search of food.
The forest officials have advised the locals not to keep edible items in the open and also to keep their surroundings clean so that monkeys are not attracted towards the smell of leftover food.
However, many farmers have alleged that the monkeys are not only attacking people but have also attacked their fields damaging vegetable crops and causing huge losses.
Earlier, nine people were seriously injured in Palada village under Punaga panchyat and Sujang village of Jagatsinghpur police limit in 2015. On receiving complaints, a forest department team from Anugul had trapped two monkeys in the area.
According to Kujang forest range officer Pratap Chandra Mohanty, the department has assigned two teams to deal with the situation and capture the monkeys in Pankpal area.
“We are also requesting people not to irritate the monkeys and have sought the cooperation of locals to get rid of the problem,” he said.