Monkeys hanging on CCTV camera cables of polling centers… Forest department action

The forest department is engaged in catching monkeys hanging on the cables of CCTV cameras at the polling centers for the Lok Sabha constituencies of Tiruvannamalai and Arani.

The number of monkeys is increasing in Papanasam and Sivanthipuram areas of Tirunelveli district in Tamil Nadu. Last week, 3 people, including an old woman named Thangam, were attacked by monkeys. So far, a total of 5 people have suffered from monkey bites and are being treated in the hospital.

The forest department caught the monkeys and released them into the forest. Recently, an 8th class boy named Muthuraman was playing near Sivanthipuram Vedalam. Then suddenly a white monkey attacked the boy and seriously injured his leg. The boy was immediately admitted to Ambasamudram Government Hospital for treatment.

Following this, the public requested the forest department to catch the monkeys roaming in the area. Mundanthurai Tiger Reserve Director Ilayaraja told the media that a special team has been set up by the Forest Department to catch monkeys in Sivanthipuram area.

Also, more than a hundred monkeys have been caught by the forest department to prevent them from damaging the power cables of the CCTV cameras in the 2 polling centres.

That is, counting centers for the Lok Sabha constituencies of Tiruvannamalai, Arani, State Market Committee Complex, Shanmukha Vocational Arts and Science College have electronic voting machines. The work of trapping monkeys at these centers will continue till June 4, the day of counting of votes, forest officials said.

These centers have three layers of security including armed security forces. Also, as part of the security arrangements, more than 200 CCTV cameras have been installed along with a common control room.

“The security personnel noticed monkeys hanging from electrical cables connected to CCTV cameras. Therefore, we have taken up the task of catching monkeys in the centers so that there is no harm to the monitoring system,” said Forest Officer GP Saravanan.

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