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Monkey hanged in Telangana’s Khammam

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HYDERABAD: In a gruesome case of human brutality, a monkey was hanged to death from a tree at a teak plantation in Vemsoor, Khammam. The incident came to light after a video showing the monkey struggling while it was hanged went viral on social media. The video also shows two dogs trying to intervene from beneath the tree, but in vain.
According to the forest officials, one of the caretakers of the teak plantation, Sadu Venkateshwar Rao and two others attacked three monkeys with a sticks before he decided to hang one of them as a ‘lesson’ for the rest of the primates that entered the plantation.
“They first attacked the monkeys with sticks. While the monkeys tried to escape, one of them slipped and fell in a water tank. Instead of saving the monkey, the caretaker decided to hang it to a tree to ward off other monkeys by scaring them. We visited the spot and recovered the body,” said A Venkateshwarulu, forest range officer, Khammam.
“During interrogation, Rao and two others confessed to the crime and said they hanged the monkey thinking it was dead after it fell in the water tank but gained conciousness after it was hanged. Irrespective of it was alive or dead, it is a crime under Wildlife Act,” said Venkateshwarulu. “They tried to burn the body. We recovered the partially burnt body from the site,” the FRO added. A case has been registered under Section 9 of Wildlife Protection Act, 1972. However, the officials informed that no arrests were made due to Covid-19 situation.