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Kerala elephant death: Forest dept takes person in custody, probe on

A day after the Kerala government ordered probe into wild elephant death case, the Mannarkad forest team took a person into custody for questioning on Thursday,

The pregnant wild elephant in a forest area in Palakkad district in Kerala had fallen victim to an act of human cruelty on May 27. (File Photo)

A person was on Thursday detained for questioning in connection with the killing of a pregnant wild elephant in Kerala after it was allegedly fed a cracker-filled pineapple.

The Mannarkad forest team said they took one person into custody for questioning. The forest department is yet to reveal the identity of the person taken into custody.

The police are also carrying out an investigation after the elephant died a painful death on May 27 in Palakkad district. A post-mortem report revealed that the elephant was pregnant and had a broken jaw.

As the incident triggered an outrage, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said a preliminary investigation was launched into the death of the elephant in Mannarkad Forest division in Palakkad district and the police directed to take stringent action against those responsible for the act.

Taking note of the elephant killing, Union Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar had on Wednesday said stern action will be taken against those who killed the wild elephant in Kerala.

“The Environment Ministry has taken a serious note of the death of an elephant in Kerala. Has sought complete report on the incident. Stern action will be taken against the culprit(s),” Javadekar had said in a statement.

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