Guwahati: There seems to be no end to animal cruelty across the country. In a fresh incident, more than 20 monkeys were found poisoned and dumped in gunny bags near a forest highway at Kolar in Karnataka.
The Forest department has conducted a post-mortem of the primates and is going through CCTV footage to nab the accused.
In a similar incident, at least 30 monkeys were found killed at a village in Hassan district in July this year. As many as 20 other monkeys were found to be injured.
The incident was reported from the Chowdanahalli village of Belur taluk. Preliminary investigations had suggested that the monkeys were poisoned and beaten up.
Miscreants had stuffed the monkeys in gunny bags and thrown them by the roadside near Chowdenahalli.
The incident came to light when the local youths, after finding the gunny bags lying on the roadside, opened them. When the gunny bags were opened, some monkeys were found gasping for breath and unable to move.
Later, Karnataka High Court took cognisance of the matter. A PIL was filed in the case where district administration, forest department and the Animal Welfare Board officials were made respondents.
In another incident in Telangana in November last year, as many as 50 monkeys were allegedly poisoned to death in Mahabubabad district. Their carcasses were found stuffed inside gunny bags. A forest department official had said that the carcasses were found on a hillock near Sanigapuram village.
(Inputs from Times Now)