After massive outrage, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has said strict action will be taken against those involved in the killing of the pregnant elephant in Kerala and culprits will be brought to justice. He said that the forest department is probing the case and soon justice will be served.
“Strict action will be taken against those who are responsible for killing the pregnant elephant. Forest department is probing the case and the culprits will be brought to book,” Vijayan said.
Shashi Tharoor, Senior Congress leader and Lok Sabha from Thiruvananthapuram, too tweeted his anguish over the incident
The crime was so cruel that it has shocked consciences worldwide. I am receiving emails & requests from around the globe to condemn it & punish the evildoers. The outrage is all the more intense because no one ever expected that such a thing would happen to wildlife in Kerala.
— Shashi Tharoor (@ShashiTharoor) June 3, 2020
Earlier in the day, former union minister Maneka Gandhi termed the death of a pregnant elephant in Kerala after she ate cracker-stuffed pineapple allegedly given by a local as “murder” and said Malappuram was the “most violent district” in the country.
“It is not an incident. It is a murder. A pregnant elephant was fed a pineapple filled with bomb that exploded its mouth. Malappuram is very famous for incidents like this. It is the most violent district in the whole of India,” Maneka Gandhi told ANI.
The elephant had died on May 27 after she ate the pineapple stuffed with crackers and forest officials said that it died standing in river Velliyar after it suffered an injury in its lower jaw.
The elephant was seen standing in the river with her mouth and trunk in the water for some relief from the pain after the fruit exploded in her mouth.
The killing saw reactions from many celebrities who took to twitter to express their anger.
Virat Kohli, Indian cricket captain
Appalled to hear about what happened in Kerala. Let’s treat our animals with love and bring an end to these cowardly acts. pic.twitter.com/3oIVZASpag
— Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) June 3, 2020
Randeep Hooda, Actor
An act most #inhumane to will fully feed a pineapple full of fire crackers to friendly wild pregnant #Elephant is just unacceptable..strict action should be taken against the culprits sir 🙏🏽@vijayanpinarayi @CMOKerala @PrakashJavdekar @moefcc @ntca_india https://t.co/ittFQogkQV
— Randeep Hooda (@RandeepHooda) June 2, 2020
Sunil Chhetri, India Football Team Captain
She was a harmless, pregnant Elephant. That makes the people who did what they did, monsters and I hope so hard that they pay a price. We keep failing nature over and over again. Remind me how we’re the more evolved species?
— Sunil Chhetri (@chetrisunil11) June 3, 2020