By: Express Web Desk | Hyderabad | Published: June 29, 2020 5:21:49 pm
Three persons have been arrested in connection with the incident that took place at Ammapalem village in Vemsuru mandal Friday. (Video screengrab)
In yet another instance of cruelty towards animals, a monkey was hanged to death from a tree in Telangana’s Khammam district. In a video that is going viral on social media, the monkey could be seen battling for life while onlookers with sticks could be heard cheering.
Three persons have been arrested in connection with the incident that took place at Ammapalem village in Vemsuru mandal Friday.
According to Forest Range Officer, Sathupalli, A Venkateswarlu, locals were irked by the monkey menace in the area as he added that that the villagers thought the monkey was dead before they hung it from the tree.
On Friday, as monkeys raided the teak plantation in the area, the main accused, Sadhu Venkateshwara Rao, and two others tried to chase them away with sticks. Reportedly, one of the monkeys fell down and became unconscious.
The FRO said the villagers apparently decided to hang the monkey from a tree to scare other monkeys so that they stop raiding the village. The monkey, however, regained consciousness and the accused filmed the animal as it struggled to breathe. The accused then shared the video on WhatsApp groups.
“From what they have stated, it does not look like a deliberate act of cruelty towards animals. No one would hang a monkey to death. But it is still an offence and the three have been booked under section 9 of the Wildlife Protection Act for hunting a wild animal,” the FRO told indianexpress.com.
As the video was shared widely in local Whatsapp groups, it also came to the notice of forest officials who visited the plantation and investigated the matter. They recovered the monkey’s carcass from a nearby field on Sunday.
The FRO said the three accused were arrested Monday and released on station bail on the court’s advice.
The forest department has filed a POR (preliminary offence report) and recorded the statements of the accused.
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