Monkeys 'stone man to death' in India

Monkeys ‘stone’ 72-year-old to death in India

While police call it an accident, the man's family has alleged that the monkeys had hurled bricks at him.

Local police said the monkeys rained the bricks on Dharampal from the tree top after collecting them from a nearby dilapidated building.

The man, hit on the head and chest, succumbed to injuries at a hospital later.

Giving a different account of what happened, Krishnapal Singh, the brother of the 70-year-old, said that Dharampal was collecting wood for a "havan" (ritual) when he was attacked by the monkeys. The move has failed to placate the family of the deceased who have approached higher authorities. However, as Sky News reports, villagers have complained before to no avail. Thrown from quite a height, the bricks were enough to kill him.

Mr Singh's brother Krishnapal told The Times of India: "Monkeys threw more than 20 bricks at Dharampal on Thursday".

Doghat police station station officer Chitwan Singh said: "How can we register the case against monkeys?"

A troop of monkeys that stoned a man to death in northern India have presented police with a conundrum, as the victim's relatives seek criminal charges against the "culprits". 'This will make us a laughing stock'.

A recent death in Baghpat district of Uttar Pradesh has left the police in a fix.

Deadly monkey attacks have been on the rise in India, with wildlife experts saying that rhesus macaques are usually to blame.

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