In UP’s Lakhimpur Kheri speeding bus kills monkey, driver fined Rs 2.5 lakh

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In the past few years, eight crocodiles, a spotted deer and a young tigress have been allegedly killed by speeding vehicles in various forest areas of the district.

Lakhimpur Kheri (Uttar Pradesh): This district is fast becoming the road rage capital of Uttar Pradesh. Not only are SUVs running over the protesting people, but buses are also biting wild animals and even monkeys while passing through the famous Dudhwa Tiger Reserve.

A bus driver has been fined Rs 2.5 lakh for crushing a monkey at high speed from a forest area.

The forest official said the bus driver tried to flee from the accident spot, but was caught, detained and the bus was confiscated.

A local transporter’s bus is reported to have plying between the towns of Palia and Gola in Lakhimpur Kheri district.

Forest officials said the driver was fined only because the monkey does not fall under Schedule 1 and the accident took place on a state highway. The driver would have been arrested and sent to jail, otherwise.

In the past few years, eight crocodiles, a spotted deer and a young tigress have been allegedly killed by speeding vehicles in various forest areas of the district.

First published:November 3, 2021, 7:21 PM

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