Corpses of 13 monkeys found in PHE water tank in Katirail area of Assam's Cachar district; locals suspect water was poisoned
Guwahati: After the death of a pregnant elephant in Kerala, injury of a pregnant cow in Himachal Pradesh and killing of a leopard in the heart of Guwahati on Sunday, an incident of 13 monkeys being found dead in a water tank in Assam's Cachar district has come to the fore.
This incident took place at Katirail near Kalain under Karimganj forest division on Sunday evening. The carcasses of the 13 monkeys were found in a water tank of a Public Health Engineering (PHE) project. The area of incident comes under the Cachar district; however, wildlife comes under the jurisdiction of Karimganj divisional forest office.
This has created panic among the locals as some miscreants are suspected to have poisoned the water tank to kill the monkeys or for some other reasons. Over 350 families are dependent on the water plant for their daily needs.
Informing that the carcasses have been sent for postmortem, Cachar SP Manabendra Dev Ray said, “To determine if the plant’s water is unfit for human consumption, an investigation is required. We have to take the water samples and then send it to the forensic department for further analysis.”
Even the forest department is looking into the matter, the SP said.
This dreadful incident comes right after a leopard was brutally killed by the locals in the Katahbari area of Guwahati on Sunday in which even its teeth and nails were removed.