38 monkeys were tragically poisoned to death, first locked in sacks and beaten, then...

Bengaluru: Unidentified people in Karnataka have allegedly poisoned a group of monkeys of the bonnet macaque species to death. In this incident, 38 monkeys of the species lost their lives while one monkey has died after medical care. Apart from poisoning the bonnet macaque, he was tied to a sack and killed by unidentified men for which he also sustained serious injuries.

The bodies of monkeys were found on a road at Chaudenahalli in Arehalli Hobli in Belur taluk of Hassan district of Karnataka between 9.30 pm and 10.30 pm on Wednesday night. The matter came to notice when Tejas, a gram panchayat member from Chaudenahalli, saw a lone monkey sitting near the sack. When the sack was opened, a large-scale corpse of bonnet macaque was found.

At the same time, members of the animal welfare organization Akhil Karnataka Pran Daya Sangh rushed to the spot and started rescue operations. About 15 monkeys managed to escape when the bag was opened. Hassan's deputy conservator of forests Basavaraj said he feared that the monkeys were killed by miscreants outside Belur taluk. There were no reports of monkey menace in Belur. Basavaraj informed that bonnet macaques are covered under Schedule-II of the Wildlife Protection Act. 15 When Bonnet macaques escaped, the DCF said that we conducted searches around, but no dead monkeys have been found so far.

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