Security forces face the unique challenge of capturing monkeys and removing them from the Red Fort area ahead of the celebrations of India’s 75th Independence Day.
According to the Indian Express, the municipal body has deployed around 10 monkey scavengers, while the eight have been deployed by the Forest Service, who have been on alert near the Red Fort and other places including Rajghat, where the prime ministers have been, for the past 48 hours will come to visit. Under normal circumstances, pre-independence authorities remove stray dogs from properties, while Delhi Police use people who can imitate the sound of langurs to scare away the monkeys.
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Speaking to the newspaper, a monkey expert named Ravi Kumar revealed that he has worked for the police for the past 10 years. Every Independence Day, he and seven others are used for ten days to scare away the monkeys. This time, however, the authorities used special monkey catchers. The report also suggests that the Citizens’ Authority has also dispatched members of its veterinary department and around 10 cages have been set up on the premises. They also caught one of the monkeys on Friday.
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Another monkey catcher, Mohammed Tasleem, had worked for the MCD for around 15 years. However, this is the first time he has been called to the Red Fort to capture monkeys. “On August 10th we were on duty here and saw about seven monkeys. We first conducted surveys and collected information about them and have now installed cages,” he was quoted as saying.
Apart from these initiatives, the Delhi Police has also sought the cooperation of nearly 350 regular hang gliders from the nearby areas around the Red Fort to keep the skies clear and the August 13-15 event run smoothly. The hang gliding competitions will be allowed on Independence Day evening.