A 72-year-old man died on Thursday after a troop of monkeys rained bricks on him from a treetop. The incident occurred in Uttar Pradesh’s Baghpat district and the family of the man has urged the police to file an FIR against the monkeys.

The man was identified as Dharampal Singh.

The incident happened when the man had gone to collect dry wood for a ‘havan’. The brother of the deceased has claimed that the monkeys hurled bricks aiming Singh’s head and chest, which resulted in his death. However, the police claimed that it was just an accident as a pillar of the dilapidated house fell on Singh after a monkey jumped on it.

As the police registered the case of ‘accidental death’, it angered the man’s family. Singh’s family members have demanded intervention by higher authorities in the case.

Terming the family’s demand as illogical, the police have said filing of an FIR against the monkeys will make them a laughing stock. The police have, however, sent Singh’s body for postmortem.

“When the family members of the deceased approached us with their complaint in this regard, we sent the body to the district hospital for autopsy,” said SP Baghpat Shailesh Kumar Pandey, adding that in case of any unnatural death, post-mortem should be carried out and if the deceased is entitled to any beneficiary scheme, his family could claim that.

“Singh died when the pillar of the dilapidated house fell on him after a monkey jumped on it and this is purely an accident,” he claimed.

Krishanpal Singh, brother of deceased Dharampal, had approached the Doghat police station of the district with his complaint against the monkeys.