The primary investigations into the death of the 15-year-old elephant in Kerala have found that it may have accidentally consumed a cracked-stuffed fruit, said the Environment Ministry. The ministry also noted that many times locals resort to an illegal act of planting explosive-filled fruits to repel wild boars from entering plantation farms.
On May 27, the pregnant elephant consumed a pineapple filled with fire crackers which exploded in its mouth in the Silent Valley forest. After one week she died in the Velliyar River.
“Primary investigations revealed, the elephant may have accidentally consumed in such fruit. Ministry is in constant touch with Kerala Govt & has sent them detailed advisory for immediate arrest of culprits & stringent action against any erring official that led to elephant’s death,” the ministry tweeted.
In another tweet it said that the Minister of State for Environment Babul Supriyo has requested people not to believe in social media “rumours”. On Sunday, the ministry also held a meeting with several officers to discuss the progress in the matter.
Sanjay Kumar, Director General of Forests and Special Secretary in the ministry (DGF&SS) chaired the meeting to discuss the progress on the action taken in the case. The meeting was attended by an official from National Tiger Conservation Authority(NTCA), Inspector General of Wildlife, ministry of environment, additional director of Wildlife Crime Control Bureau and scientists from Elephant Cell.