SEVEN KILLED BY A UFO IN NORTHERN INDIA
"It comes in the night, a flying sphere emitting red and blue lights that attacks villagers" in northern India and the neighboring country of Nepal, "burning those victims it does not kill."
"At least that's what panic-stricken villagers say. At least seven people have died of unexplained injuries in the past week in" India's Uttar Pradesh state.
"'A mysterious flying object attacked him in the night,' Raghuraj Pal said of his neighbor, Ramji Pal, who died recently in Shanwa," Uttar Pradesh state, India. "'His stomach was ripped open. He died two days later.'"
"Life along the Nepal-India border at Belaspur and Nepalganj," 220 kilometers (132 miles) east of India's capital, New Delhi, "went panicky for the second consecutive day on Saturday," August 10, 2002, "when an unidentified object again attempted to kill a woman."
"The same mysterious object had killed a 40-year-old man in a neighboring Indian village a few days" earlier. "Sahim Khan, 55, of Belaspur was sleeping peacefully on the terrace of her home when the fireball-like object flew towards her, ready to attack, say locals."
"'When we reached Khan's house after seeing the object, it disappeared instantly,' they said."
"The locals then brought Khan from the terrace and kept her carefully inside the house. The locals said they saw the same object passing by over Nepalganj and the Guleria area."
"Even as the object continues to attack villagers, authorities for both Nepal and India have failed to identify the object, which is said to be active at night and disappears instantly after the attack."
"The local eyewitnesses said it resembles a fire-flame and attacks those sleeping outside their houses on rooftops and terraces. Deputy Superintendent of Police Gokarna Bahadur Pal of Banke admitted that he saw the red object but could not identify it."
"There is a panic in many parts of the north Indian state of Uttar Pradesh as scores of people have reported being attacked by a strange and lightning-fast flying object that apparently left scorch marks on their faces."
"The UFO has apparently been tormenting people in the eastern districts" of Uttar Pradesh "for about a month, and is being referred to as Muhnochwa, which means 'something that burns the face.'"
"The first reports of encounters at night with Muhnochwa came in rural areas, but lately incidents have been reported in towns and cities, including the state capital, Lucknow."
"Initially authorities were sceptical of the reports and labeled them as products of the imagination. However, now they admit to being thoroughly confused, as some of their colleagues have also reported to have had unpleasant encounters with Muhnochwa."
"The Uttar Pradesh state government has asked the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) in Kanpur to unravel the mystery behind the mysterious Muhnochwa."
"On Wednesday," August 7, 2002, "Kanpur district magistrate Arvind Kumar held a meeting with IIT director Sanjay Dhande. An IIT team is to leave soon for Mirzapur, reputed to be the worst-affected district."
"Victims report being struck by a blinking red, blue or green object that left scratches on their faces."
"Asma, a resident of Wazirganj (district) in Lucknow, said: 'I was asleep at home on Tuesday (August 6, 2002), at around 2:45 a.m. I woke up with a start to find a bright red blinking object attacking my face and trying to pull me away. I screamed. But before my husband woke up, it vanished into thin air and left scratches on my face.'"
"Farah Baksh of Malihabad, 28 kilometers (16 miles) away from Lucknow, reported to police that a blue light attacked her."
"Similar encounters have been reported for Varanasi, Ballia, Gonda, Barabanki, Sultanpur, Jaunpur, Lakhimpur-Kheri, Lucknow and other areas of Uttar Pradesh."
"There were some disagreements about the exact shape, as some say it looked 'like a football' (soccer ball in the USA; futbol in Mexico--J.T.) while some said it was shaped like a 'tortoise.' However, all parties agreed that it was brightly lit."
"As dusk descends, the streets in towns and villages from where such encounters have been reported become deserted, with frightened families huddling together in their homes."
"In the village of Darra, 53-year-old Kalawati said she was attacked last week and displayed blisters on her forearms."
"'It was like a big football with sparkling lights,' said Kalawati, who uses only one name. 'It burned my skin. I can't sleep because of the pain.'"
"Doctors dismissed the stories as mass hysteria."
"'More often than not, the victims have unconsciously inflicted the symptoms themselves,' said Dr. Narrotam Lal, a physician at King George Medical College in Lucknow, the state capital."
"The police have another explanation: bugs."
"'It is an 8.7-centimetre-long (3.5-inch-long) winged insect' that leaves rashes and superficial wounds, a superintendent of police told the Press Trust of India news agency."
"Villagers have also formed protection squads that patrol Shanwa, beating drums and shouting slogans such as 'Everyone alert. Attackers beware.'"
"Some accuse district officials of inaction and failing to capture 'the aliens.' One person died Thursday (August 8, 2002) in nearby Sitapur when police fired shots to disperse a 10,000-strong crowd demanding that authorities capture the mysterious attackers." (See the newspapers Kathmandu Post for August 11, 2002, the Times of India for August 11, 2002, and the Minneapolis, Minn. Star-Tribune for August 15, 2002, "India villagers say UFO is attacking them," page A7. Many thanks to Prasant Solomon, Brad Stuart and John Hayes for these newspaper articles.)
(Editor's Comment: Welcome to The Aliens Strike Back! Week at UFO Roundup. You'll see what I'm talking about in just a moment...)
MORE UFOs LAND IN GREECE
"UFOs are destroying the plains of fertile central Greece, according to farmers who claim to have spotted alien aircraft landing in their fields."
"After a visit by a 'strange flying saucer' this week, one angry farmer in the Koziakas area said he had lost several dozen hectares of wheat."
"'This huge circular flying object just floated down from the skies into my field,' said Athanassios Tsioukas from the village of Prini. 'Its surface was full of small holes.'"
"The farmer found the close encounter so unnerving that he rushed to the local coffee shop to alert his friends."
"'When we got back to the field, the aliens had gone,' he sighed. 'But their machine left all these holes in the soil, some as deep as 20 centimeters, which had cut into my crops.'"
"Mr. Tsioukas is not alone. Numerous farmers in the region have complained of unidentified flying objects leaving strange markings across their fields, although there is no suggestion that the unexplained designs are crop circles of the kind seen in Britain."
"Some farmers have even demanded compensation. So far, their pleas have fallen on deaf ears as claimants have been unable to pinpoint the mysterious crop-eaters."
"A fellow farmer, Apostolos Patramanis, who was in the next field at the time of the latest sighting, said he looked up to see 'bright flashes light up the skies--and then the large object appeared and landed in Tsioukas's crops.'" (See the UK newspaper The Guardian for August 10, 2002, "Close encounters of the crop-eating kind." Many thanks to Steve Wilson Sr. for this newspaper article.)
UFO FLAP SPREADS TO BULGARIA
Hard on the heels of the UFO sightings in Trikala and Prini in Greece came reports of UFOs in the neighboring country of Bulgaria.
"Residents of the Vizrojdentsi district of Kircaali in Bulgaria have been witnessing UFO maneuvers every night" during the past week.
"According to the newspaper Standart," published in Bulgaria's capital, Sofia, "There have been ongoing visits by UFOs within the region for the past three days," i.e. since Friday, August 9, 2002.
"Eyewitness Anton Dimitrov, 14, reported, 'The first UFO was a triangle-shaped, bright red object. Two other UFOs joined the first one, making eight to ten circles in the sky" over Vizrojdentsi.
"'Then they disappeared over the Kircaali Dam,'" Anton added. (See the Bulgarian newspaper Standart for August 12, 2002. Many thanks to Haktan Akdogan of Sirius Space Sciences Research of Istanbul for this newspaper article.)
DAYLIGHT DISC SIGHTED OVER CYPRUS
UFOs have also been seen over the small island of Cyprus in the eastern Mediterranean Sea.
According to The Guardian, "Growing numbers of UFOs have also been reported on the island of Cyprus."
"In March (2002), a Swiss playwright who had just retired to Paphos, on the south side of the island, said he spotted a silver, saucer-shaped object 'emerging from the clouds' as he walked along the beach."
"The UFO apparently hovered before 'floating down' and disappearing behind some rocks."
"Two years ago, another flying object was also spotted in the skies of Cyprus from the Troodos mountain range." (See The Guardian for August 10, 2002, "Close encounters of the crop-eating kind." Many thanks to Steve Wilson Sr. and Haktan Akdogan for this report.)
ONGOING UFO ACTIVITY REPORTED IN FRANCE
Summer 2002 has been a busy time for UFOs in France.
"In June 2002, a UFO was accidentally photographed near Tosne," in the department of Haute-Savoie in eastern France, about 100 kilometers (60 miles) east of Grenoble. "The photo shows a flat object in an oblique position moving in a rectilinear path. However, the witness did not see anything strange in the sky when he first took the photo."
"A peculiar luminous phenomenon was observed Friday, July 5, 2002, between 9 p.m. and 11 p.m., above the Vosges Mountains" in eastern France, "notably visible at Le Thillot, but it was also observed in Alsace, in the region of Mulhouse."
"Eight red lights (UFOs) were observed in Pertuis, La Mothe d'Aigues," in the department of Vaucluse, the same evening, Friday, July 5, 2002, between 10:30 p.m. and 11 p.m. "The UFO 'flotilla' was divided into two groups of four objects each. Both were triangular formations. They flew towards Cucuron."
"At Argonnay in Haute-Savoie, a yellow UFO was seen twice, first on Monday, July 8, 2002, at 11:45 p.m., and again, two nights later, on Wednesday, July 10, 2002, at 11:25 p.m. The object, a yellow luminous sphere, was at a distance of 300 meters (1,000 feet) from the eyewitnesses. Its flight was rectilinear and stable. Also, the light increased in intensity just before it disappeared."
"On Sunday, August 4, 2002, at Mont St. Michel de Braspart, in Bretagne-Finisterre" on France's Atlantic Ocean shoreline, "five egg-shaped objects passed over the trees at a very great speed, going in the direction of the nuclear plant at Bronnilis, which is currently being dismantled" by the French government.
"On Thursday, August 8, 2002, a UFO was photographed over the city of Douai in the department of Nord. The photo was published in the newspaper Nord Matin the very next day." (See the French newspapers L'Alsace for July 6, 2002 and Nord Matin for August 9, 2002. Merci beaucoup a Thierry Garnier de France OVNI pour ces nouvelles.)
UFO SIGHTINGS ARE ON THE RISE IN ITALY
On Monday, July 22, 2002, "an amateur filmmaker reported sighting a UFO hovering over Mount Monticchio in" Italy's province of Potenza. The filmmaker stated, "I sighted at an altitude of about 100 meters (330 feet) a metallic object that was flying at a very slow speed. When I lifted my movie camera to film it, the object departed from the scene with an incredible burst of acceleration."
"On Wednesday, August 7, 2002, at 11 p.m., on the Via del Turchino in the Corvetto section of Milano (Milan)" in northern Italy, "crossing the sky at 45 degrees above the horizon was a brilliant but strange object, a 'molten light' that traveled from south to north at a uniform speed, accelerating only at the last moment. First it diminished in intensity, then it flared up again before disappearing on the horizon."
"On Wednesday, August 14, 2002, at 4:15 a.m., a woman went out on the balcony of her home in Mondovi," in Piemonte province in northwestern Italy, "in order to look up at the stars. As she did so, she spotted 'an unknown object of a rectangular shape, non-luminous but visible and bright enough to show that it was a reddish-brown color, apparently of very large dimensions, flying slowly north in the direction of Torino (Turin).'"
"At the same time, in Carpignano Sesia, a strange object was reported and photographed by six members of a local family." (Grazie a Alfredo Lissoni e Centro Ufologico Nazionale d'Italia per questi rapportti.)
TWO UFOs SPOTTED IN WESTERN AUSTRALIA
On Friday, August 16, 2002, at 3:15 p.m., Martin C. was at Churchlands Primary School in Perth, W.A. when "two small white dots approached from the south. They were approximately 75 meters (247 feet) apart. One of them had a small black dot on its back. They were heading west over Edith Cowan University at a speed of approximately 20 kilometers per hour (12 miles per hour--J.T.) They appeared to teleport once. They changed direction and headed west-northwest. The one at the back (rear) appeared to change colours once. They were not birds and they did not have wings or anything." (Email Form Report)
BRIGHT LUMINOUS UFO SEEN IN BRITISH COLUMBIA
On Monday, July 29, 2002, at around 10:30 p.m., numerous eyewitnesses in the Bulkley River valley in Canada's province of British Columbia saw a bright, luminous UFO pass over their communities. The valley is just over 500 miles (800 kilometers) north of Vancouver, B.C.
Three men witnessed the UFO flight in Smithers, B.C. (population 5,624). One of them, a logging contractor, "said it looked like an oak barrel in shape and was made of metal. He guessed that the object was 15 feet (4.5 meters) in height and 10 feet (3 meters) across. From his vantage point 2,000 feet (600 meters) away, he said there were two projections standing out from the center of the object and were darker in colour away from the main body of the craft. And he said there was 'no sound' from the object, and it did pass right overhead."
Another witness said the UFO "was to the right of the Smithers airport, flying in a southwesterly direction. She said the object was definitely round in shape and silver in colour. While they were watching the object, it up and disappeared instantly."
At 10:45 p.m., Gordon Stewart was on his 160-acre dairy farm in Telkwa, B.C. The Stewart farmhouse sits 6 kilometers (4 miles) from Provincial Highway 16, on a small hilltop overlooking the Bulkley River valley. Gordon reported, "It was exactly 10:45 p.m. on July 29, 2002 when I was sitting, watching a late movie, when I saw a 'huge' round white-yellowish object, travelling at approximately 600 miles per hour (960 kilometers per hour) fly at low altitude--300 meters (1,000 feet)--through the Bulkley Valley. From my distance, the object was approximately the size of a pickup truck. The object travelled west to east. There was no sound at all. It was completely round and very bright."
Joanna Stewart, Gordon's wife, "was lying in bed, awake, with the drapes closed when 'a really bright white light' lit up the whole room. She pulled one of the drapes and looked out to see a 'huge' very bright light. As the object moved very slowly across the farm, it shined a beam of white light toward the ground in a large field behind their house. She started to lose sight of the object, so she moved from the bedroom to the living room and watched the object fly 'slowly' across the field, across Boundary Road and onto their neighbor's farm, where she finally lost sight of it."
In Houston, B.C. (population 3,934), the witness "looked up as a very bright, white-yellowish, almost phosphorescent, round object moved slowly through the night sky. As the 'meteor' (object--B.V.) gained momentum, it grew a short tail. This fellow was so surprised by the size and brightness of the thing that he called to other co-workers" at the Canfor plant. "They watched it for 30 seconds as it was 'dropping in altitude, heading towards Tweedsmuir Park in a southwesterly direction."
In Quick, B.C., a retired schoolteacher "was going to meet her son, who was over near their greenhouse. She walked up the driveway and turned onto a small dirt path, holding her flashlight (torch in UK--J.T.), watching the ground to see where she was walking. She heard her son give a great yell. She immediately looked up and went to shine her light at her son when she saw a huge, bright, glowing, white-yellowish, almost oval in shape, object flying across the sky at a very low level. She said, 'I couldn't move. I was in shock.' She added that 'the UFO would be like if you took a round circle and started to stretch it out.'" (See the newspaper, the Smithers, B.C. Interior for August 14, 2002. Many thanks to Canadian ufologist Brian Vike for these reports.)
(Editor's Note: The Bulkley River valley was the site of a massive UFO flap earlier this year. See UFO Roundup, volume 7, number 14 for April 2, 2002, "More UFO reports surface in British Columbia," page 1.)
DAYLIGHT DISC SIGHTED IN MANALAPAN, NEW JERSEY
"On Sunday, August 11, 2002, at approximately 6 p.m., my daughter and I went out in the backyard to go on the swing set," witness Dawn G. reported, "The sky was clear, and it was sunny and hot. I was looking up in the sky, and I saw above the furthest (highest--J.T.) airplane, a shiny spot. It looked silver or white. It wasn't moving, so I kept watching it."
"It still didn't move. Then, all of a sudden, more appeared in a formation, almost as if I was looking at the Big Dipper (Ursa Major) in broad daylight. I watched for a few minutes to see if there was any movement. There was none."
"Then I ran in the house to get my video camera and binoculars real quick, and, when I came out, it was gone. I brought the camera and binoculars down to the swing set and kept my eyes on the sky. I saw another one (UFO) just above my head. I quickly grabbed the binoculars and tried to focus them. But all I could see was a silver-ish or whitish spot with a sort of halo (aura) around it. It sort of looked like a little cloud. Then I grabbed my video camera and, when I looked up, it was gone. I told my husband about what I saw. We both couldn't explain it."
"Crop circles were found in a farm field in Coltsneck (New Jersey), which is only a few miles west of where I live. It really gave me the creeps."
Manalapan, N.J. is on Route 33 about 20 miles (32 kilometers) east of Trenton. (Email Form Report)
COLOR-CHANGING UFO SEEN IN PENNSYLVANIA
On Friday, August 9, 2002, at 11 p.m., eyewitness M.C. was outdoors in Greenfield Township, Pennsylvania, watching a meteor shower when, as he reported, "I just happened to spot what looked like a star. But I noticed that it was flashing red, and then blue, and then green. So I continued to observe it. I called my daughter and her husband on her cellphone and told them to look in that direction (northeast--J.T.). They also saw it."
A few minutes later, M.C.'s daughter and son-in-law "arrived here, and we all looked through binoculars. You could see that the lights flashed in rows, changing color very quickly. Sometimes it looked flat, and other times it was round. It reminded me of the crystal ball that drops from Times Square (in New York City--J.T.) on New Year's Eve. Looking at it with the binoculars, I could distinguish individual tiny round lights. I also looked at some stars, and they appeared as solid lights in comparison." (Email Form Report)
BLACK HELICOPTERS ACTIVE ON THE USA's EAST COAST
On Sunday, August 4, 2002, at 1 p.m., Matthew M. reported, "My father and I were out cruising in his boat" on the Gulf of Mexico, about 20 miles (32 kilometers) west of Tampa, Florida. "And we had anchored down right along Redington Beach shore, when, from the south, came a black unmarked helicopter. The helicopter continued past us, heading north. While they were overhead, I gave them the middle finger. Yeah!"
"They didn't turn inland. They just hugged the shore as they headed perhaps a mile north, then turned around and came back towards us, passing nearly over us again as they headed south."
"Again, the helicopter was completely black...and I could not see into the windows or into the craft in any way." (Email Interview)
Redington Beach, Florida (population 1,539) is on Highway 609 approximately 15 miles (25 kilometers) southwest of Tampa.
For three nights in a row last week, from Wednesday, August 7, through Friday, August 9, 2002, black helicopters flew over Rehoboth, Massachusetts (population 7,600), a small town located 30 miles (48 kilometers) south of Boston.
UFO Roundup correspondent Mary Lou Jones-Drown reported that on Friday, August 9, "in the morning, a black helicopter flew over, and it was really low, heading (west) towards Providence (Rhode Island) from Taunton, Mass. I myself couldn't see it, but I heard it."
On Thursday, August 15, 2002, Mary Lou reported, the black helicopters were "in full force again." A witness "called me and asked me if I heard them, too. She said her cat went bonkers again. The goats looked nervous--they must have thought the helicopters were overhead. You could see them looking."
Rehoboth residents "still think that these black helicopters--the ones we see high in the sky--resemble (the one in the 1980s TV show) Airwolf."
(Editor's Note: For more on the recent black helicopter flap in Rehoboth, see UFO Roundup, volume 7, number 32 for August 6, 2002, "Rehoboth reports flights of black helicopters," page 8.)
CROP CIRCLES ARE ON THE INCREASE AGAIN
Crop circles were reported last week in two provinces of Canada, in France and in the USA's state of New Jersey.
According to the Montreal Gazette, "a multi-circle quintuple formation" of crop circles was discovered in a large field of barley in Howick, Quebec, Canada. "It was basically a quintuple-type formation of five large circles with other smaller ones both in and outside of the main formation. The largest circle was approximately 20 metres (66 feet) in diameter, with the main formation approximately 41 metres (135 feet) across."
On Saturday, August 17, 2002, "an impressive large-area formation" was discovered by cerealogist and pilot John Erickson of Canadian Crop Circles Research Network (CCCRN). The crop circle was discovered in a field of wheat near Midale, Saskatchewan, Canada. Midale (population 522) has been the site of repeated summertime crop circles in recent years.
The formation consisted of "five circles of varying sizes, a larger sixth broken ring with a large offset circle inside it, which in turn has a small offset circle of standing crop inside it. It is the largest known grouping in a single formation so far in this region." (See the Montreal Gazette for August 5, 2002. Many thanks to Paul Anderson of CCCRN for these reports.)
In France, on Tuesday, July 2, 2002, "large crop circles were reported near Gongelfang and Thionville" in the eastern part of the nation. (See the French newspaper Republican Lorrain for July 7, 2002. Merci beaucoup a Thierry Garnier de France OVNI pour cette article de journal.)
And in the USA, a farmer discovered large crop circles in his fields in Coltsneck, New Jersey, about 20 miles (32 kilometers) east of Trenton. (Email Form Report)
It looks as if the aliens really did "strike back" last week. UFO reports were pouring in from all over the world. Is a UFO "summer offensive" underway? Find out more next week, when we return with "the paper that goes home--UFO Roundup." See you in seven days.
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