A guy was arrested and the other detained with the joint investigation teams of the forest and police departments in relationship with the brutal killing of the pregnant elephant in Palakkad in Kerala, state’s forest minister K Raju said on Friday.
The arrested man continues to be identified as P Wilson, a staff member of any estate that cultivates cash crops and spices. The minister said more arrests will likely be by evening.
The two guys have reportedly told interrogators that they can put in place a snare of fruit filled up with crackers to scare wild boars, which often destroyed their farms.
The incident arrived at light on May 27 when Mohan Krishnan, a forest officer, wrote a Facebook post after witnessing the death.
The elephant rushed to nearby Velliyar river after food the fruit and died there even while forest officials rushed to rescue it. The crackers exploded as soon as the elephant chomped in the pineapple.
The killing of your 15-year-old elephant had triggered countrywide protests as Bollywood actors, business icons and sports persons joined to condemn the action.
Many including, former Union minister Maneka Gandhi, claimed it happened in Muslim-majority Malappuram district. Her sweeping comment, which many said were made without verifying facts, triggered widespread condemnation in Kerala.
People of Kerala have started a campaign “We are with Malappuram” to counter the attack against the district renowned for communal amity.
The embarrassed government had constituted the special investigation team on Thursday as the killing of the elephant whipped up controversy.