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Why did a Indian railway hire a ‘monkey-man’ to protect passengers?

Posted by 104Inc.com on October 3, 2008

42-year-old man walks around on all fours to prevent animals snatching food from travellers
Walking round on all fours, with a tail sticking out of his red shorts and a brown face mask, Acchan Miyan scares the monkeys at Lucknow station, northern India. Railway bosses insist their “monkey-man” is an effective way to protect their passengers from the mischievous animals, which are prone to snatch food from travellers and tear seat covers from trains. The 42-year-old says he has been driven to the unusual profession by poverty, but is convinced that his efforts are helping passengers. But it is hard to tell who is the more bemused, the passengers, or the remaining monkeys sitting around on roof rafters, munching on bunches of bananas, watching the show below.
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