Sagara: Karnataka Forest Department officials have arrested five men who poisoned and killed 33 monkeys. The incident took place in Kaspadi village of Sagara Taluk in Karnataka on Wednesday morning.

The five men have been recognised as Abhishek, Lambodar, Dastagir, Vishwanath, and Sanjeev.

The five men were caught by the forest officials while they were stopped by the police for inspection of vehicles.

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The five men were headed towards a forest near Nedaravalli in Sagara in an Audi car and a Tata Ace porter carrying the bodies of the monkeys.

The bodies of the 33 dead monkeys have been sent for post-mortems. However, three monkeys that managed to survive the poisoning are now undergoing treatment.

The post-mortems of the dead monkeys will be done under the guidance of wildlife vet Dr Vinay.

The forest officials have seized the Tata Ace and Audi car. A case has been registered and the cops are conducting an investigation.