In a bizarre and tragic turn of events in Tamil Nadu's Thanjavur district, a newborn child was allegedly killed by monkeys that abducted the baby and her twin sister from their home on Saturday. While one child who was found on the roof of the house was rescued by neighbours, the other was found dead in a moat, after having been flung into it.
This incident took place at a house located at Mela Alangam near the Thanjavur palace. The monkeys reportedly entered the house after removing ceiling tiles, came in and ran away with the babies. The children's father Raja was at work while their mother Bhuvaneshwari was cooking. The twins were just eight days old and the couple also have an older child. Bhuvaneshwari rushed when she heard the monkeys screeching and much to her horror, couldn't find her babies.
Speaking to TNM, a police officer from the Thanjavur West station said, “On Saturday afternoon we received a call saying newborn babies were missing, following which a team from the station left for their house. While one infant was found on top of the tiled roof, after some search we were able to find the other baby lying inside a moat behind the house.”
An FIR has been filed under Section 174 of the IPC. The baby’s body has been kept at a government hospital in Thanjavur and will be handed over to the parents after post mortem.
On how the incident could have happened, the officer said, “According to the information we got, the mother was cooking inside the house while the twins were asleep. They claim that the monkeys could have gotten inside through the roof.”
“Monkeys are not rampant in the area but they seem to be moving in groups from one place to another. However, we have not received any other complaints relating to monkey menace,” he adds.
Sharing his sentiment of incredulity over the incident, a forest officer told ToI that monkeys removing tiles to enter a house and leaving through the same hole is unheard of. He also noted that the infants' bodies had no marks to indicate they were grabbed by animals. The officer, M Ilayaraja, added that no conclusion can correctly be arrived at just yet.