Thursday, May 17, 2001, Chandigarh, India


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Monkey-man attacks continue
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, May 16
The elusive monkey-man today attacked a 17-year-old boy in the Maujpur area of North-East district of the Capital even as the police claimed that no such incident had taken place since last night due to the tight security and intensified patrolling and picketing.

The victim, Lalit Choudhary, said the monkey-man attacked him at 11.30 a.m. when he was reading a book in his house. The monkey-man caught him from behind and disappeared after scratching his left shoulder.

The Joint Commissioner of Police (New Delhi Range), Mr Suresh Roy, said, “Due to tight security in the affected areas of the Capital no attack by the monkey-man was reported today”.

A total of 25 calls were received, of them 15 from North-East Delhi. however, the police found all to be hoax.

The police has not yet got any clue of the strange creature that has created a terror in the trans-Yamuna area.

The medical report of the injured confirmed that wounds were not made by human nails. It could be the work of an animal, Mr Suresh Roy said.

The police is waiting for the report of the wildlife experts, he said.

Mr Roy said a handsome reward would be given to the person who nabbed the mysterious creature. Instructions have been given to catch the monkey-man alive.

The Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP), Mr Vivek Gogia, said, “We do not have concrete proof of monkey-man’s attack. The description of the creature given by the victims vary. They don’t give a clear picture”.

The mysterious creature had struck at 65 places in the Capital since Saturday and terrorised residents in Ghaziabad and NOIDA for over a month.

The district police along with personnel of the Delhi Armed Police, Home Guards and civil defence patrolled the areas throughout the night while pickets on all entry roads to the city kept an eye on inbound vehicles.

Meanwhile, the police in South, West and South-West districts received calls about attacks by the monkey-man which were found to be bogus on verification.

The Deputy Commissioner of Police (West Delhi), Mr Kewal Singh, said that three calls were received by the district control room.

In one case, a 16-year-old girl’s finger was found bitten apparently by a rat while she was sleeping in her Nangloi house.


Women shine in Civil Services examinations

New Delhi, May 16
Vijayalakhmi Bidari from Bangalore and Shahla Nigar from Hazaribagh, Bihar have bagged the first two positions, respectively, in the Civil Services (Main) examinations, results of which were announced by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) today.

The fourth position also went to a woman candidate, Smita Das from Secunderabad. There are eight women among the first 20 successful candidates.

In all, 427 candidates, including 85 women, have been selected for appointment to the IAS, IFS, IPS and Central Services Group ‘A’ and ‘B’. These include 128 from the OBC, 58 from the SC and 34 from the ST. Women had a success rate of 19.85 per cent, while men had 7.96 per cent, an official of the UPSC said. UNI

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