Bhubaneswar: A monkey snatched a 16-day-old baby from his home in Odisha’s Cuttack district on Sunday. The authorities have launched a massive search operation to hunt for the baby.
Forest department officials and fire services personnel have also been roped in to join the search operations. The child was sleeping next to his mother at their residence in Talabasta village when the monkey suddenly crept up and snatched the baby. The mother saw the monkey fleeing with her baby and she raised an alarm. The villagers then reported the incident to the authorities.
Several persons have been injured in attacks by monkeys in the area a few days ago. Locals alleged inaction on the part of the forest department despite repeated complaints in this regard.
A forest department official engaged in the rescue operation said, “As the child has trouble crying, we cannot hear his voice. It has, therefore, become difficult for us to trace him in the forest.” He said 30 forest department personnel in three teams led by Sangram Keshari Mohanty, the ranger of the Damapada Forest Range, are combing the nearby forest along with the villagers.