Monkeys driving Golaghat students nuts

Bengali High School students stage demo at  Golaghat DC office


Golaghat, Jan 22: A troop of monkeys have been creating havoc at Golaghat Bengali High School for days now.

The frightened students today staged a demonstration near the Golaghat Deputy Commissioner's office demanding steps to put an end to the simian terror.

In the latest instance of simian nuisance, a troop of rogue monkeys attacked some students, besides damaging their bags and books in the school. Many students have stopped coming to school due to the monkey mece.

The students today submitted a memorandum to the DC stating their plight.

"We have been forced to suspend classes as the monkeys frequently create nuisance in the school premises. The monkeys have also attacked some students. Student attendance has dropped drastically as the parents are scared to send them school," said a teacher of the school.

The people of Ward No 4 near the High School stated that the monkeys intrude into their houses and destroy properties, utensils, roof tin sheets, food and agricultural fields. The monkeys have been playing havoc in the area since several days.

"We are helpless and are literally held hostage by the rowdy animals. Neither the administration nor the Forest department has done anything to prevent the monkeys from moving into the human habitats. Now, it has become a risky proposition to venture outdoors," said a villager.

Wildlife experts say this sort of violent behavior has become more pronounced among the monkeys due to loss of green cover.

"The monkeys turn violent only after being teased and provoked. The population of these animals has gone up in recent years. Their habitat has also shrunk because of depleting tree cover," said a wildlife expert.

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