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'Monkey man' causes panic across Delhi: How media made money with viral fake news in the past

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    'Monkey man' causes panic across Delhi

    Luke Harding in New Delhi

    Friday 18 May 2001 00.36 BST

    Residents in Delhi were last night bracing themselves for another night of fear and sleeplessness following a series of bizarre attacks by the Indian capital's answer to a very nasty horror film - the mysterious "monkey man".
    The monkey-man, who is between four and five feet tall, has a "monkey like face", and strikes between midnight and 4am, has pounced on almost 20 victims during the past five days, leaving them with deep scratch marks and gouges on their arms and necks.

    The police have received complaints from people sleeping on roofs or in the open near the city's slums. He is also elusive, slipping away into the darkness after his attacks.

    Some victims say he wears a helmet; others insist that he sports metal claws, has a shaggy black hide - and possibly roller-skates. At least one man has died after tumbling off a building in panic when his neighbour cried: "The monkey man is here!"

    Despite the sightings, however, police remain unsure whether he is, in fact, a monkey.

    "We contacted Delhi zoo authorities and the experts say that no simian would ever attack without provocation," Suresh Roy, Delhi's joint police commissioner, said. "We have conducted medical examinations of the victims and nothing concrete has been found.

    "Doctors say the bites are animal bites and not of a human," Mr Roy said. "But then there are some people who have also said that the person uses iron claws and teeth."

    The monkey-man began his reign of terror at the weekend in the poor colonies of east Delhi. He has since struck so many times across the capital that some officers now believe that there could be more than one monkey man.

    Youths armed with axes and sticks, meanwhile, have started patrolling the streets, and rightwing Hindu activists have taken up strategic positions with swords and scimitars.:disagree:

    "The creature had its hands on my thighs when I woke up. It looked like a langur [a type of monkey]," Younus, who lives in the suburb of Krishan Nagar said last night. "When Rehena, my mother, picked up a broomstick, it jumped out of the balcony."

    Delhi residents, it seems, are not the first victims of this phenomenon. A "scratcher" known as Springheel Jack appeared in London in 1837. He, too, had iron-clad fingers, glowing eyes, wore dark clothes and scratched his victims. He was never found.
    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2001/may/18/lukeharding
     
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    Unsolved mystery cases of crime: Delhi's Monkey Man
    India TV News Desk [Published on: Aug 7, 2013, 8:29 PM]
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    New Delhi: Out of the myriad of unsolved mysterious cases in crime is the case relating to Delhi's Monkey Man, who created nightmares for people in the national capital region.

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    Was it/he a monkey man, or a rogue nocturnal animal? Nobody is sure about it.

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    In the month of May, 2001, several news channels and mainline newspapers flashed news about people being attacked by a mysterious animal-like man in the middle of summer nights, when people used to sleep in the open.


    The animal-like man, victims said, used to suddenly attack sleeping people and then vanish in a jiffy.

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    Victims and eyewitnesses gave different versions regarding his appearance. Some said the creature was 4 feet tall with a hairy coat, some said it was 5.6 feet tall wearing a metal helmet, metal claws, glowing red eyes and three buttons on its chest and some said that he had a muscular physique.

    http://www.indiatvnews.com/crime/news/unsolved-mystery-cases-of-crime-delhi-monkey-man-3502.html
     
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    Fright nights
    A furry, winged, clawed entity, half-man, half-monkey, raids the capital's rooftops, spreads terror and causes two deaths.
    Sayantan Chakravarty
    May 28, 2001 | UPDATED 11:18 IST
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    He has steel claws. Or maybe they're brass. They're sharp. They're long.
    He's 6 ft tall. Maybe seven. He has springs on the soles of his feet.
    You know when he's coming for you because he announces his presence. Sometimes with an eerie whistle, sometimes with howling wind. Sometimes you spy his shadow, sometimes you see his shape.
    But every single time, he evades capture. Like the devil, he is everywhere yet nowhere...


    It could be a scene from a screamingly overblown, ketchup-soaked Ramsay Brothers horror film, but in Delhi's Mullah Colony, whose residents have forgotten the rest brought on by a good night's sleep, it's all very real. Shamshad Ali, an autorickshaw driver, has an awed audience of 200 listening to his gripping description of the so-called Kala Bandar (Black Monkey Man) in a silence so complete that the faintest footfall would have sent people scattering.

    The scene was repeated across Delhi and beyond last week, as the bizarre story of the mysterious and malevolent Monkey Man grabbed public attention. Politicians, filmstars and businessmen played second fiddle to an allegedly half-simian, half-human entity which moved stealthily through the dark attacking the innocent. The tales ranged from the surreal to the ridiculous, turning into scare stories recited nightly in the low-income ghettos "targeted" by the Monkey Man and at the dinner tables of the affluent.

    The Monkey Man's antics were not mere pranksters' acts. As the result of the terror, two people including a pregnant woman lost their lives. On May 14, Raman Kumar of Noida's Sector 58 leapt off his roof and died after he was allegedly attacked by the Monkey Man. A day later in Mullah Colony, Praveen Kumar's wife Suman died in her two-room tenement.

    Just after midnight, on hearing "the scream of the Monkey Man" Suman rushed from the terrace where she was sleeping, down the stairs "to safety". She fell headlong and was rushed to east Delhi's Guru Tegh Bahadur hospital where she was declared dead of a head injury. Suman's landlady Kamlesh Kumari, who was also perched on her rooftop that night, says ominously, "We all heard the scream."

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    JOKE GONE WRONG: Residents at the home of a woman who jumped to her death.
    Kesar Bano and her tailor husband Mohammad Ishtiaq live a few blocks away and claim to have grappled with the unidentified being the same night. They say they threw their bedsheet over the "dark creature" in order to tie it down. "But it was just too fast for us. It leapt away into the darkness screaming 'Hoo Hoo Hoo' before we could even catch a glimpse," says Bano.

    Bano and Ishtiaq's encounter was typical-one of a reported 100 cases attributed to the Monkey Man. Swift, at night, restricted to the low-income areas of east Delhi and neighbouring Ghaziabad and Gautam Budhnagar districts of Uttar Pradesh, where people sleep on rooftops to escape the sweltering weather and lingering power cuts.

    As imagination has been heightened by the onslaught of genuine trauma and fear, the descriptions of the Monkey Man have become increasingly graphic. But hard evidence has been hard to find, even in the tragic case of Suman. Sub-Inspector Manvendra Singh of the New Ashok police station was the first on the scene of Suman's death. He says, "There were no claw marks on her body. She died due to a head injury."
    Adds Gyan Singh, the station house officer of the police station: "All the alleged victims were examined by doctors. They suffered bruises and scratches when they fell or brushed against walls, cots, and beds while trying to escape, but there were no claw marks. The entire Monkey Man drama is a prank." The local police believe, as do their counterparts in other affected districts, that the attacks are the work of mischiefmakers on the prowl using a device that emits a whistling sound or a "scream".

    Other victims of attacks have given graphic accounts but at closer inspection, their stories stand on thin ground. Rekha Das, the wife of rickshaw puller Nimai Das, and a resident of the slums of Noida's Sector 9, says she saw the Monkey Man. In the early hours of May 15, the creature apparently flew through a hole (about 1 ft in diameter) through her wall. "It had the face of a monkey and the eyes of a cat.

    It flew towards me," she said. Das claims her forehead and fingers were bitten, while the Monkey Man in one sweep of his clawed fingers extracted four teeth from her husband's mouth. The mysterious creature then flew out as silently as it had winged its way in. Dr S.K. Mondol, who attended to the Das couple, confirmed the presence of bite marks on Rekha's fingers and forehead.

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    Noida's Rekha Das says she won't forget the attack easily. The Monkey Man "flew" through a gap in her room, bit her face and fingers, and knocked out four of her husband's teeth.
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    Monkey business:
    Kesar Bano and her husband Ishtiaq awoke to the "screaming" terror. They grappled with it fleetingly before it fled at a blinding speed.
    But the loopholes persist. To enter the Das household, the Monkey Man would have first had to fly to the wall as there is no platform close by from where it could launch itself.

    The police, quite rightly, refuse to accept the existence of a winged simian and have a more prosaic explanation for the bite marks: perhaps Nimai Das returned home drunk, grappled and fought with his wife, and conveniently blamed the results on the newsworthy Monkey Man. It doesn't quite explain the missing teeth though.

    Scepticism aside, the conspiracy theories have grown as quickly as the panic. A fatigued Delhi Police, which was forced to put 24 east Delhi police stations on "high alert", has blamed Pakistan's ISI for "plotting to wear away the force". The Intelligence Bureau (IB) offers the most plausible explanation.

    It has warned the Union Government that "people could be settling personal scores under the garb of the Monkey Man menace". Asks an IB of ficial: "Why should a criminal merely scratch people? He would loot or kill." Sanal Edamaruku, an investigator of the paranormal at the Delhi-based Indian Rationalist Association dismisses the Monkey Man conundrum as "mass delusion, a group behaviour based on pseudologia fantastica".

    The scare has taken a considerable toll on a law enforcement machinery already grappling with bomb scares and the demands of various levels of security in the Capital. Since last week, 55 Ashok Nagar policemen have been employed in "intensive patrolling" nightly. They use a Maruti Gypsy, four Maruti vans and two motorcycles for transport, beam torches on particularly dark rooftops, and keep a close watch on "unnatural movements in the dark".

    In neighbouring Noida, the situation is no different. Sector 20 police station, which covers 31 sectors with a population of one lakh, has, since the first attack, received between 25 and 30 rescue calls every night. The callers say that the Monkey Man has struck and disappeared, and invariably someone comes forward with scratch marks as proof.

    Within three days, Delhi's Monkey Man has grabbed headlines. A popular television channel has deployed eight camera crews at key locations and Delhi Police is offering Rs 50,000 for the creature's capture. If indeed it is a single individual and not a group of roving copycat troublemakers. As panic escalates, and the stakes increase, the Monkey Man remains the missing link.
    http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/...ds-terror-and-causes-two-deaths/1/233544.html
     
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    'Monkey man' spawns hysteria in New Delhi

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    Indian woman Om Kali displays a wound in New Delhi on Wednesday. Kali said that she was attacked by an ape-like creature.
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    NEW DELHI, India (AP) — Police are blaming a band of men in masks for what they call hysteria among residents of New Delhi, who claim a mysterious "monkey man" has been attacking people late at night.

    Police have received up to 50 sightings in one night of the alleged attacker — described by witnesses as a 4-foot tall creature with a hairy body and metal claws. At one point, police ran short of vehicles to check on the reports.

    The hysteria has led to two deaths. A pregnant woman sleeping on her rooftop terrace died Tuesday night when she slipped running down the stairs as neighbors screamed that the monkey man had struck, the Statesman newspaper reported.

    A man was killed Monday when he jumped off the roof of his house screaming, "The monkey has come!"

    "It is nothing but mass hysteria," said Manoj Kumar Lal, a deputy commissioner of police.

    "It seems a group of people in masks are terrorizing people," the Statesman quoted an unidentified police officer as saying.

    Police have blamed the panic on uneducated poor people, many of them believers in the supernatural, and the sweltering heat and darkness due to electricity cuts.

    Harassed police authorities in New Delhi have urged the state-run power company to ensure uninterrupted power supply from dawn to dusk so that panicked residents would feel safer.

    Recently residents of a New Delhi suburb caught and beat up a 4-foot-tall wandering Hindu mystic, thinking he was the simian terror, the Statesman newspaper said.

    He was handed over to police, and thousands crowded outside the station for a glimpse of the alleged monkey man, causing a near stampede.
    http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/news/world/2001-05-16-monkey-man.htm
     
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    Indian police say hysteria created 'monkey-man'
    May 21, 2001 Posted: 12:37 PM EDT (1637 GMT)

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    NEW DELHI, India -- New Delhi police have said the marauding "monkey man," which terrorized the Indian capital over the past week, was neither man nor monkey but a result of public hysteria.

    After an intensive search in which some 3,000 extra officers were put on the case, police said they had come up empty-handed in their quest for the "monkey man."

    "If there are no physical clues, then it has to be the product of a fertile mind," assistant police commissioner Rajiv Ranjan told Reuters.

    "It's nothing but fear psychosis," he added.

    Flaming eyes
    Descriptions of the nocturnal "monkey man" varied wildly with some saying it was a monkey-like creature with metallic claws while others said it was like a cat with tawny, glowing eyes.

    One person said it had "flaming eyes and green lights on its chest."

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    Priests in New Delhi lead prayers to appease the so-called 'Monkey Man.' CNN's Suhasini Haidar reports (May 19)

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    Police say they have narrowed down the suspects in the attacks after a citywide search came up with nothing more than a strong suspicion the "monkey man" was not those of a mysterious animal but human pranksters or criminals.

    The persistent reports of the hybrid creature attacking people at random triggered panic in the city of 13 million and led to at least three deaths.

    Dozens of other residents complained they were injured by the monkey man.

    Police said the scare appeared now to be dying down.

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    Artists impressions of the now infamous 'monkey man' have appeared in the Indian press
    "Apprehension has gone down considerably. All is quiet here," deputy police commissioner Vivek Gogia said

    Vigilante and money reward
    At the height of the panic, vigilante groups armed with sticks patrolled the streets at night on the lookout for the creature and police announced a 50,000 rupee ($1,067) reward for information leading to the capture of the "monkey man."

    Around 348 reports of sighting or attacks by the shadowy "monkey man" had been received by authorities by early Monday morning, police said.

    All alleged victims were now being referred to psychologists and the Central Forensic Laboratory had also been asked to examine injuries, police said.

    The first reported attack of the "monkey man" was on April 8 in the neighboring state of Uttar Pradesh and reports of the creature later spread to Delhi.

    Most of the reported attacks in Delhi took place in poorer neighborhoods where many people sleep outdoors in the sweltering summer heat.

    "The moment somebody shouted 'monkey man,' people would run helter-skelter which is how most injuries occurred," Ranjan said.

    Many still believe
    However, it might be difficult to convince the New Delhi residents otherwise.

    Thousands of people in the capital still believe a monkey-man is on the loose, climbing up on rooftops and attacking men, women and children in their homes.

    Residents lit Hindu prayer fires, trying something new to rid them of the supposed menace.

    It's no laughing matter either. Apart from the three recorded deaths, more than 60 have been injured in the panic caused by fear of the monkey man.

    Tired and scared, the civilian's patrollers sometimes turned violent. An angry crowd smashed one van when they suspected it was the monkey man's getaway car.

    Police say they now think the initial rumors may have spurred a gang of pranksters into dressing up and scaring people.

    "Somebody is doing all this in a planned way to create panic among the people. People are now panicked. There seems to be some conspiracy," one officer said.
    http://edition.cnn.com/2001/WORLD/asiapcf/south/05/21/india.monkey.man/index.html
     
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    Monkeyman re-claiming its territory 'since ancient times'. Next time will bring map:devilwork:
     
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