Couple of months ago students of Christian Medical College were in the news for throwing a dog off the terrace, in the very same college a group of four medical students are making news again and for similar kind of crime. Four students of Christian Medical College, Vellore killed a 14-month old female monkey after tying her hands and neck with a telephone wire and torturing her for hours.
The four students have been suspended from college and have been picked up by the police. According to the FIR copy, the students are identified as Jasper Samuel Sahoo, Rohit Kumar Yenukotti, Arun Loui Sasi Kumar and Alex Chekalayil. According to wildlife conversationalist Nishanth Ravi, the animal succumbed to the torture after suffering multiple fractures all over the body. The animal was allegedly attacked with belts and rods on the hostel terrace.
The magnitude of the abuse resulted in suspicions being aroused as to whether those involved were under the influence of alcohol. The incident came to light after one of the students tipped the incident off to a social activist, who then filed an FIR and then later exhumed the carcass in the presence of Tahsildar, village administrative officer and veterinary officer.
(source: Puthiya Thalaimurai TV, YouTube channel)
Belonging to bonnet macaque, the monkey endemic to South Indian habitat is protected under schedule 2 of Wild Life Conservation act, 1972. A case has been registered in Bagayam police station under section 429 of the Indian Penal Code for mischief by killing or maiming animals which entails a punishment or a fine or both.
The report of the autopsy conducted in CMC would be released on Thursday.