Baby snatched by monkey dies in Taj Mahal city

Pauline Gross
November 16, 2018

The body of the baby boy, identified by The Times of India as Arush, was found on a neighbour's roof.

The incident took place on Monday in Runkata town on the outskirts of Agra, home to India's most famous monument, the Taj Mahal.

In May, two tourists were attacked at the Taj Mahal.

Last week a girl was grievously injured in Agra in a ferocious attack by monkeys.

Stones were thrown at the monkey to enable it drop the baby, reports MIRROR UK.

This is the latest incident in a spate of monkey attacks in Agra, where they have become increasingly desensitised to humans.

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And before the mother could understand anything, the monkey took away her son.

Verma said the infant was declared dead on arrival at hospital but the family refused to allow a postmortem and the cause of death - whether from a fall, bite or something else - could not be ascertained. Devi's family members said, "She had lost so much blood that doctors could do nothing to save her".

A toddler who was attacked by monkeys two months ago is still recovering in a hospital, the BBC reported. The animals often break into houses and steal food from people.

During the meeting, which was attended by environmentalists and social activists, Satyamev Jayate, trustee, Mukesh Jain, said, "For over a decade we have been demanding permission to transfer monkeys to forested areas and also setting up of a facility to sterilise monkeys, but so far we have failed to get permission from government agencies".

They also passed a resolution at the meeting, demanding adequate compensation to victims of monkey attacks.

Local environmental activist Shravan Kumar Singh told Reuters that monkeys in the area are becoming a real menace. Some local organizations have called for monkeys to be sterilized and excluded from wildlife protection legislation, Singh added.

Other reports by GizPress

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