Armed to the teeth, commandos combat monkeys with lathis

For Delhi Police commandos, there’s an enemy within that can’t be terminated. Commandos and snipers deployed on rooftops of Delhi Police headquarters have a strange task at hand to combat monkeys.

Published: 17th September 2017 09:05 AM  |   Last Updated: 17th September 2017 09:05 AM   |  A+A-

New Delhi: For Delhi Police commandos, there’s an enemy within that can’t be terminated. Commandos and snipers deployed on rooftops of Delhi Police headquarters have a strange task at hand—to combat monkeys trooping along on the buildings.

Armed with sophisticated weapons, the NSG-trained commandos have been given an additional weapon—lathis to ward off the monkey menace. There have been three cases of monkeys biting policemen, which have triggered panic at the police headquarters, and staff have been asked not to patrol alone.
“Commandos are deployed round the clock on the headquarter buildings. They have been given lathis to fight off the monkeys,” a Delhi Police official said.

Meanwhile, the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) has hinted that they can’t control the monkey menace in the city. Interestingly, civic agencies don’t have any monkey catchers since the 2010 Commonwealth Games.

They have even been regularly asking states such as Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand for monkey catchers or people skilled in training the MCD staff, but to no avail.

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