New Delhi: Members cutting across party lines in Lok Sabha on Thursday expressed concern over the terror of monkeys after the matter was raised by Bharatiya Janata Party member Hema Malini who said people had even been killed in Vrindavan due to attacks by the simians.

Hema Malini was joined by Lok Janshakti Party member Chirag Paswan who said that there is monkey menace in Lutyen’s Delhi and children cannot sit in gardens.

Trinamool Congress MP Sudip Bandyopadhyay said his spectacles were swiftly snatched during his visit to the temple town and were recovered after the monkey was offered a soft drink.

The members said the problem was serious and the government needs to take action.

Hema Malini, who is the lawmaker from Mathura, said that the natural habitat of monkeys has shrunk and people in Vrindavan are forced to deal with them strictly when they visit residential areas in search of food.

She said pilgrims give fried food such as ‘kachori’ and ‘samosa’ to monkeys due to which they are falling sick, in turn affecting the health of people.

She said attempts had been made to sterilise monkeys which turned them “very violent”. “They have made life-threatening attacks. People have been killed in Vrindavan,” she said.