Vrindavan, 2017.09.21 (VT): Monkeys stole the glasses of Mathura’s Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) on Tuesday. The SSP was outside the Banke Bihari Temple overseeing security arrangements for Yogi Adityanath’s visit when the primate snatched his glasses and absconded.
Police officers made every attempt to apprehend the monkey, but all in vain. According to Inspector Vinod Kumar Pal, the monkey smugly chewed the SSP’s glasses as the police looked on. The glasses were, of course, ruined.
Theft by monkeys is a daily occurrence in Vrindavan’s main markets. The monkeys steal eyeglasses, shoes, phones and other items of worth, hoping to get food in exchange. “Frooti” tetra packs are a particularly popular bribe.
Unfortunately the monkey problem has become serious of late, with about a dozen deaths and hundreds of injuries over the last few years being attributed to the monkeys.
It remains to be seen whether the administration will be able to resolve the situation more effectively than the incident of the SSP’s glasses.
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