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Delhi Police to use langurs to keep monkeys on a leash on R-Day

To ensure that the ‘chhote aatankwadis’ do not wreck havoc during the Republic Day parade,the Delhi Police is drafting a specially-trained team of langurs.

Written by Sahim Salim | New Delhi |
January 11, 2009 1:05:14 am

To ensure that the ‘chhote aatankwadis’ do not wreck havoc during the Republic Day parade,the Delhi Police is drafting a specially-trained team of langurs. ‘Chhote aatankwadis’,or monkeys,have an annoying habit of making their presence felt during the Republic Day celebrations,scaring children and throwing the meticulously planned events in a disarray.

The langurs,numbering 20,will be deployed along the parade routes and will be kept on a leash by policemen.

“In the past monkeys have managed to sneak into the area where dignitaries or members of the public are seated. Even a single monkey can create disruptions in the parade. This time,the langurs will be pressed into action,” a senior police official said. Cops had earlier told the New Delhi Municipal Corporation about the monkey menace and requested their cooperation in curbing it,but they received no response. Police then decided to take the matter in their own hands and formed a special team of cops,mostly new recruits,who would also be trained to handle the langurs.

On R-Day,these cops will stand along the length of the parade route,police officials said. Sniffer dogs,otherwise used for detecting explosive material,will also act as deterrents for the monkeys.

Delhi Police has also written to the Wildlife Department of the Delhi Government to deploy officials along the route to scare the monkeys.“We cannot take any chances. The NDMC,the Wildlife Department and the Delhi Police will ensure that the parade will be a monkey-free affair. If a monkey climbs on the top of a tableau,it can be disastrous,” said a senior police officer.

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