Sunday, July 21, 2002
Almost a year after
residents of Delhi were terrorised by the alleged attacks of an elusive
monkey-like creature, the eastern city of Patna says it too is facing
similar attacks from an ape-like animal.
Local newspapers here are full of reports of "mysterious monkey attacks"
but police have scotched the stories and warned of strict action against
those spreading rumours.
"There are rumours of a monkey-like machine, referred to as monkey-man
that attacks those sleeping on rooftops and in open places at night,"
ON Bhaskar, Patna's police chief said.
"But it is a pure rumour as no one has actually lodged a case in
any police station. There has not been any recognized case of injury.
We have warned the public at large to be on guard against any rumour and
help cops arrest those who spread such rumours."
Residents of Patna however were not reassured, with local newspapers headlining
quotes from eyewitnesses and victims of the "monkey man". "The
monkey-man attacked and injured my son-in-law Joginder Singh Friday night
when he was sleeping on the rooftop of my house," a newspaper quoted
Bhagwat Sharan Singh of Patna's Mainpura colony as saying. "He (the
attacker) looked like a monkey." Some even alleged the creature "jumps
and sparkles red and blue lights". Others described it as resembling
a machine, operated by a remote control and "handled by anti-social
elements to terrorise people".
Police chief Bhaskar said hospitals and doctors had been asked to report
any case of injury attributed to the mysterious creature. Meanwhile, fear
of the "monkey man" took an ugly turn when a group of people
beat up a Hindu Sadhu (saint) with a flowing beard, on suspicion that
he was the creature.
The incidents reported in Patna seemed almost identical to the attacks
reported in the Indian capital last May, when for more than a month, a
"mysterious monkey-like creature" besieged New Delhi.
Descriptions agreed the creature was "black" and "ape-like"
with "sharp claws," but varied on its height, with some reporting
it was over six feet tall with red eyes, while others said it was about
two feet tall.
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