72-Year-Old Man ‘Stoned To Death By Monkeys’
A 72-year-old man has been stoned to death by a group of monkeys – who hurled bricks at him from a tree – when he went to collect wood for havan in Tikri village of Baghpat in Uttar Pradesh, India.
Dharampal Singh, was hit in the head and chest and was taken to hospital, where he died, according to police in India.
It is believed that the monkeys had collected the bricks from a run down building nearby.
Mr Singh’s brother Krishnapal told The Times of India:
“Monkeys threw more than 20 bricks at Dharampal on Thursday.
“Thrown from quite a height, the bricks were enough to kill him. These rogue monkeys are the real culprits and must pay for it.”
It was gathered that the victim was collecting pieces of dry wood for a fire when he was ambushed.
Villagers in Tikri, Uttar Pradesh, have complained that aggressive monkeys in the area have made their lives hell.
But police insisted they cannot open a case against monkeys and instead declared Mr Singh’s death an accident.
Chitwan Singh, station officer at Doghat police station, said:
“How can we register the case against monkeys? This will make us a laughing stock.”
Wildlife experts have said that rhesus macaques are usually to blame for monkey attacks on humans in India.