Monkeylike ENTITY of the Indian subcontinent.

Variant name: Bear man.

Physical description: Variously reported as a monkey, a man with a monkey face, a man with a mask and helmet, or even an alien or robot. Height, 4 feet 6 inches-6 feet. Glowing red eyes. Said to have flashing green and red lights on its chest. Metallic claws.

Behavior: Can jump 20 feet into the air from a crouching position. Bites people while they are sleeping. Sometimes dressed in white, black, or silver. Said to speak the Bhojpuri language.

Distribution: Around New Delhi, Noida, and Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh State, India; Nalbari, Assam State, India; Ahmadabad, Gujarat State, India.

Significant sightings: Reports of a belligerent monkey or a masked man began in early April 2001 in the suburbs of Ghaziabad, India. People went to the police with what appeared to be deep scratches or bites. By May 16, the panic had spread to Noida and New Delhi; there had been hundreds of reports and many injuries, three panic deaths had occurred, several people were mistaken for the entity and beaten, and more than 3,000 policemen on motorcycles, armed with rifles, were patrolling east Delhi to calm down residents. Typical reports were vague and varied: On May 10, a masked man struck the stomach of Saroj Sharma in Chhaprola; the next night, residents saw a shadowy figure that jumped like a monkey and had glowing red eyes. On May 13, an intruder dressed in white bandages attacked the wife and sister of M. P. Singh in Noida.

Bearlike or wolflike humanoids were reported in late May 2001 in the Nalbari District, Assam State. The Assam Science Society interviewed sixteen witnesses, who admitted they were half asleep when they felt something with sharp nails trying to grab them.

Another Monkey man was reported in the Khanpur suburb of Ahmadabad in early February 2002. The creature was dressed in black, had curly hair, wore a mask, and hopped from roof to roof.

Possible explanations:

(1) The police at first suspected many of the attacks were made by a man wearing a monkey mask.

(2) The final report by the New Delhi police, issued on June 19, 2001, concluded that fear and panic were behind all the sightings, ruled out a conspiracy by pranksters, and said there was no evidence for any bizarre creature that could have caused the attacks. Forensic specialists noted that most of the injuries were superficial and self-inflicted accidentally during panic attacks.

Sources: Parmindar Singh, "Masked Man or Monkey, It's a Menace," Times oflndia, May 7, 2001; "Monkey Man Cocks a Snook at Delhi Police," Times oflndia, May 17, 2001; "Police File Final Report on 'Monkeyman,'" Times oflndia, June 20, 2001; "Man, Myth or Monkey?" Fortean Times, no. 148 (August 2001): 8-9; "Monkey Madness," Fortean Times, no. 149 (September 2001): 7; "'Monkeyman' Creates Scare in Khanpur," Indian Express (Mumbai), February 20, 2002.

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