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Man mistakes son for monkey, shoots him dead

Cebu : Philippines | Aug 26, 2012 at 2:57 AM PDT
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Skooter reporting 08/26/12

A 12-year-old boy was shot to death by his own father, a farmer in southern Nepal mistaking his son for a monkey trying to steal his crops, police said on Sunday.

Chitra Bahadur Pulami had been climbing a tree to drive away macaques that had become a pest to the family but his father Gupta Bahadur, 55, saw the boy and opened fire, believing that the boy was one of the animals, said Arun Poudel, deputy superintendent of police in the remote Arghakhanchi district. The son died instantly after Gupta Bahadur wrongly thought there was a monkey in the tree and fire. Initial investigations found that the father was not aware that his son had gone to the maize field to chase the monkeys.

The father and the gun used in shooting the boy are now under the custody of the police.

Monkeys native to Nepal particularly the rhesus and Assamese macaque and the common langur, are considered sacred and farmers usually try to scare them away from their crops without injuring the animals.

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