Kerala has witnessed the brutal killing of several elephants and it has also led to widespread criticism. The incident occurred in the Palakkad district, the pregnant elephant had entered into a village in search of food, but the villagers fed her a pineapple stuffed with firecrackers. The elephant suffered serious injuries on its tongue and mouth as the crackers exploded as she started to chew on it. The wild
On Wednesday, Chief Minister of Kerala, Pinarayi Vijayan, said that a preliminary investigation has been launched into the incident which took place in Mannarkad Forest division in Palakkad district and the police have been asked to take strict action against those responsible for the act. They also lodged an FIR has against unidentified people who are connected with this shameful incident.
Union Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar has asked for a detailed report from the Kerala state government in this matter.
“Environment Ministry has taken a serious note of the death of an elephant in Kerala. Has sought a complete report on the incident. Stern action will be taken against the culprit(s),” said Prakash Javadekar on Wednesday.
The Kollam district also witnessed such an incident where a young female elephant died due to severe injuries in her mouth. An officer said “The pachyderm was found alienated from the herd of elephants. Its jaw was broken and it was unable to eat,” said the senior officer.
The animal rights activist and BJP leader Maneka Gandhi on Wednesday slammed the Kerala government for the dreadful incident and said, “It’s murder, Malappuram is famous for such incidents, it’s India’s most violent district, for instance, they throw poison on roads so that 300-400 birds and dogs die at one time.
Ratan Tata, the veteran industrialist tweeted, “I am grieved and shocked to know that a group of people caused the death of an innocent, passive, pregnant elephant by feeding the elephant with a pineapple filled with firecrackers.