A pregnant elephant was found dead in Kerala’s Silent Valley Forest on 27 May. Officials have started an investigation into the tragic incident.
The 15-year-old elephant was searching for food in the Valley. She died after eating a pineapple filled with firecrackers and it exploded in her mouth.
The Kerala Forest Department tweeted, “Article 51-A (g) of the Indian Constitution says that it shall be duty of every citizen of India to have compassion for living creatures. The pregnant elephant in pic was killed in human- wildlife conflict. Action has already been initiated. But where lies our duty? N humanity??”
They further continued, “There’s no conclusive evidence that injury to lower jaw was caused by pineapple stuffed wd cracker. However this may be a possibility. Dept. has booked offence against unknown offenders, whose identity is being established.”
The department also mentioned earlier that they were in the process of interrogating several suspects. Also adding, “Forest Dept will leave no stone unturned to ensure max punishment to the offenders.”
Furthermore, earlier today, the Forest Department made a “major breakthrough” in the case. They further tweeted, “KFD has zeroed on the culprits and recorded the first arrest in the wild elephant death case.”
People are outraged
People and celebrities also expressed their outrage on social media.
Actress Shraddha Kapoor wrote, “How?????? How can something like this happen??? Do people not have hearts??? My heart has shattered and broken… The perpetrators need to be punished in the STRICTEST way.”
Indian cricketer Virat Kohli also expressed his sadness. He wrote, “Appalled to hear about what happened in Kerala. Let’s treat our animals with love and bring an end to these cowardly acts.”
Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar also tweeted, “Maybe animals are less wild and humans less human. What happened with that #elephant is heartbreaking, inhumane and unacceptable! Strict action should be taken against the culprits. #AllLivesMatter”.
People have also started a petition on Change.org as well to ensure the poor elephant receives justice.