TOO MUCH MONKEY BUSINESS AT INDIAN ELECTION OFFICE (1996)

TOO MUCH MONKEY BUSINESS AT INDIAN ELECTION OFFICE

Deutsche Presse-Agentur
March 21, 1996

NEW DELHI: Officials preparing for parliamentary elections in April and May in New Delhi have run into opposition to the smooth sailing of the pre-poll process from unexpected quarters – monkeys.

The simians have hampered the pre-election process with their mischief and have put things behind schedule, according to reports Thursday.

Preparation of thousands of polling kits, including voters lists, ink, stamps and other arrangements had to be put on hold because of the monkeys, Delhi’s Chief Electoral Officer T. T. Joseph said.

Hordes of simians roaming the area have wreaked havoc in the election office, breaking electric fittings and ripping curtains to bits.

“We are apprehensive that they will damage valuable election material like electoral rolls, paper and stamps” the Indian Express newspaper reported quoting Joseph.

The officials pushed to a corner by the monkeys have hired a private security agency to take care of things. But the private eyes used to tackling all sorts of wrongdoers are at a loss over handling the animals.

The agency is toying with the idea of using sprays to immobilize the monkeys and airguns to scare them away but is not sure about their effectiveness.

“I am not a specialist in animal behaviour. I think we will consult some specialist before offering our final plan,” the agency chief Arjun Walia said.

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