One person arrested in connection with pregnant elephant’s death in Kerala

South India

One person has been arrested by the joint investigation teams of the police and forest departments in connection with the brutal killing of a pregnant elephant in Palakkad in Kerala.


According to the Hindustan Times report, the investigation teams has dtained one more person related to this incident, and more arrests will be by evening.

The state forest minister K Raju said on Friday said that the arrested person has been identified as P Wilson, an employee of an estate that cultivates cash crops and spices. 

The two men have reportedly told interrogators that they set up a snare of fruit filled with crackers to scare wild boars, which often destroyed their farms.

The elephant had died on May 27 after she ate the pineapple stuffed with crackers, allegedly placed by some locals.

The elephant was seen standing in the river with her mouth and trunk in the water for some relief from the pain after the explosive-filled fruit exploded in her mouth.

The death of the elephant and the trauma she went through has caused a huge outrage, with calls for strong action against the culprits. Subsequently, the  government had constituted the special investigation team on Thursday.


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