Staffer who shot elephant in Bandipur National Park sacked

South India

BENGALURU: Days after a video of an elephant being shot in Bandipur National Park went viral on social media, the Karnataka Forest Department has sacked one staffer, while another is being investigated.

According to the official report, the incident took place on March 7, and they have initiated action against an employee of the Karnataka Forest Department in the matter.

The video was said to have been shot on March 7, but came to light on March 11. One of the patrolling party member has recorded the video.

In the video, a watcher shoots in the direction of the elephant and the bullet hits the rail barricade. The tusker just misses the shot by a whisker.

"We have removed Rahim, temporary staffer, and initiated action against Umesh, a permanent employee of the Karnataka Forest Department, after an internal enquiry," Bandipur field director T Balchandra said.

While Rahim is said to have shot the charging elephant, Umesh reportedly made the video and shared it on social media.

The video showed the tusker trying to cross the rail barricade and the forester firing the shot. 

It has created shock across the country. However, some forest officers were defend it, stating that it was an act to chase the tusker and that the shot was aimed at the rail barricade for safety.

With inputs from Agency

Image credit: ANI

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