Monkey falls to his death in four-month-old boy from roof of three-story building in India: Animals snatched child from parents and killed him before their eyes
- The horrific incident happened in the village of Dunka in the state of Uttar Pradesh
- Nirdesh Upadhyay stood on his terrace with his wife and son on Friday evening
- They were surrounded by monkeys and tried to escape from the three-story building
- But the child fell to the ground and one of the primates threw it off the roof
- There are many reported cases of monkey attacks in India, especially on children
A four-month-old baby was reportedly snatched from his parents’ arms and thrown to his death by an angry troop of monkeys India last week.
The horrific incident took place in the rural village of Dunka near Bareilly in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, where Nirdesh Upadhyay was standing with his wife and their young son on the patio of his three storey home.
The trio were enjoying a lazy Friday night up on the patio when a pod of primates climbed onto the roof and surrounded them.
After futile attempts to knock the monkeys away, the new parents ran to the stairs in an attempt to escape, but Nirdesh, carrying his son, stumbled and dropped the child.
In a split second before either parent could react, one of the monkeys grabbed the little boy’s hand and threw him off the roof.
Distraught, the parents managed to get back inside and rush to their son’s aid, but the infant reportedly died at the scene.
The incident is currently being investigated by authorities at Shahi Police Station and Bareilly City Conservation Chief Lalit Verma told PTI News his team had been dispatched to investigate monkey involvement in the child’s death.
The trio were enjoying a lazy Friday night up on the patio when a pod of primates climbed onto the roof and surrounded them
The horrific incident took place in the rural village of Dunka near Bareilly in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh (Dunka building pictured).
Uttar Pradesh is home to a huge population of rhesus monkeys that roam free in many towns in the state.
Although the primates can generally live in relative harmony with the humans who live in these settlements, there are a number of documented instances of the monkeys attacking humans, particularly children.
In February, a five-year-old girl was killed by a group of monkeys in Bichpuri village, Bareilly district, Uttar Pardesh.
The girl, whose name was Narmada Kishore, was playing with her friends near the Nakatiya River when the monkeys pounced on her and started biting her all over her body, sources said Indian times.
Narmanda’s father Nand told the newspaper: “The monkeys were quite aggressive and had bitten my daughter almost everywhere. When I reached the spot she was screaming for help.’
The girl was taken to the local health center but died from severe blood loss.
Nirdesh Upadhyay’s son was thrown from a three-storey building by monkeys in Dunka, near Bareilly in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh
Uttar Pradesh is home to a huge population of rhesus monkeys that roam free in many towns in the state. They generally live in harmony with their human neighbors, but there have been several reports of acts of violence by monkeys, particularly towards children
There have even been incidents of the primates hijacking vehicles from unsuspecting motorists in Bareilly, including a report of a monkey stealing a bus and causing an accident.
In 2015, a primate managed to start the bus’s engine while it was standing in a garage in the city while the driver took a nap.
The monkey turned the ignition key and reportedly smashed the bus into two other vehicles parked in the garage before the driver could regain control.
“The driver managed to regain control of the bus, but not before hitting two other parked buses,” SK Sharma, local public transport manager, told the Times of India at the time.
“Monkeys have become a regular threat at bus stops and garages, where they often tend to vehicles being repaired. They also damaged surveillance cameras at train stations.
“For three years we were able to get rid of them with the help of the municipal authorities, but they have returned.”