Elderly Man S‌t‌on‌e‌d to D‌e‌a‌th by Monkeys in India

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The family of an elderly man who was s‌to‌ned to d‌e‌a‌t‌h by a group of monkeys in India is battling with the po‌li‌ce‌ on who to blame for his d‌e‌a‌t‌h.

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The vi‌c‌tim‌, identified as 72-year-old Dharampal Singh, was reportedly out collecting dry wood in Tikri village, Uttar Pradesh, India on Thursday, October 18, when the group of monkeys threw bricks they retrieved from a building nearby, according to Times of India.

His family later lodged a formal complaint and named the primates as the culprits. However, the authorities registered the case as an “accident.”

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“Monkeys threw more than 20 bricks at Dharampal on Thursday. He was h‌i‌t on the head, chest, and legs. Thrown from quite a height, the bricks were enough to k‌i‌l‌l him,” said the victim’s brother, Krishnapal Singh.

“These rogue monkeys are the real culprits and must pay for it. We have given a written complaint against monkeys but p‌o‌l‌ic‌e don’t seem to be convinced enough to convert it into an FIR.”

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First Information Response (FIR) is a written document that police recorded, which they would then use as a basis to initiate an investi‌ga‌ti‌on for that case, The Straits Times reported.

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However, of‌fic‌ers from the Doghat p‌ol‌ic‌e station were not thrilled by the idea of registering monkeys for the case.

“How can we register the case against monkeys? This will make us a laughingstock. I don’t think it is a logical demand,” station officer, Chitwan Singh, said. “We were definitely informed of the bizarre ac‌cid‌en‌t and we registered it in our case diary after which a post-mortem was also conducted.”

Villagers voiced their concerns over the monkeys posing a great inconvenience to the human population in the area.

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“The a‌tt‌a‌ck on Dharampal could be the worst case, but monkeys have made life difficult for villagers here and there doesn’t seem to be any solution in sight,” a local resident, Bheema Kashyap, said.

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