Waking up to the shrieking and chaotic sound of monkeys than their own clock alarms in the morning has become a part of students’ daily routine at IIT Bombay hostels. Monkeys are seen sitting on the clotheslines staring at the inmates and often attacking. Be it morning, afternoon or evening, one often witnesses these creatures patrolling their wing corridors and leaving the premise dirty and mismanaged.
Instances of monkeys wreaking havoc in hostels 3, 5, 7 and 9 have been recorded by hostel residents. Such incidents were also witnessed during summers as mentioned by some who stayed back in institute during the holidays.
Students at the campus maintain that if one ever forgets to properly lock their room or keeps it open, these monkeys completely change the orientation of rooms destroying clothes and valuables. Incidents of monkeys playing with electronic stuff kept in rooms, trying to find something to eat, have been recorded so far. Students also found monkeys sleeping on their beds in their hostel rooms. They also upturn waste-bins and scatter the trash in the entire wing if they don’t find something to eat in them.
The hostlers also have complained of monkeys attacking a few students in possession of eatables. Students at the campus are annoyed with the maintenance council as the sole reply obtained has been “don’t feed the monkeys.” The General Secretary of Hostel 5 has reportedly given an application to Bombay Municipal Corporation (BMC) through Public Health Organisation office. Bursting crackers in wings has been recommended as a temporary solution to this problem as of now.