New Delhi Official Dies After Monkey Attack
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New Delhi official dies after monkey attack
By Katie Franklin and agencies
Last Updated: 8:08am BST 22/10/2007
The deputy mayor of the Indian capital New Delhi has died after being attacked by wild monkeys at his home.
Monkeys roam the Indian capital, often terrorising residents SS Bajwa, 52, suffered serious head injuries after falling from a terrace during the attack.
Mr Bajwa was rushed to hospital but died from his injuries a short time later.
The city has long struggled to contain the monkeys, which overrun government buildings and temples, scare passers-by and sometimes bite or snatch food from unsuspecting people.
Mr Bajwa, who was elected deputy mayor earlier this year, belonged to India’s main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party, which has been criticised for not doing enough to rid the city of the animals.
The defence ministry, however, has attempted to solve the problem by training bands of langur monkeys to attack the smaller, rhesus macaques.
City authorities have also used monkey catchers but the issue persists.
Part of the problem is that culling is unacceptable to Hindus, who revere the monkeys as a living link to the deity Hanuman, a monkey god who symbolises strength.