ALAPPUZHA: Tusker Ambalappuzha Vijayakrishnan, owned by the Travancore Devaswom Board (TDB), died on the Sree Krishna Swami temple premises right here on Thursday morning. In response to devaswom officers, the 51-year-old elephant had been affected by varied well being points for the previous few days. In the meantime, a bunch of elephant lovers have come out with the allegation that the muchloved jumbo underwent extreme torture by the hands of its mahouts for a number of months.
Devaswom officers repeatedly paraded it in varied temples of Kollam and Pathanamthitta districts, which induced additional deterioration of its well being, they mentioned. Hours after the information broke, the group staged an agitation in entrance of the Devaswom workplace alleging that Vijayakrishnan died as a result of it was ill-treated by its mahout s and devaswom authorities. Sally Varma, Animal Welfare Board of India’s nominee member for the captive elephant administration committee in Alappuzha, mentioned it was the lax angle proven by the devaswom authorities that led to the elephant’s dying.
“The devaswom allowed the elephant’s parading at Thevalakkara final month regardless of the extreme accidents allegedly inflicted on its physique by the mahout. Surprisingly, the devaswom veterinarian additionally issued a certificates claiming the tusker was match to be paraded. After the problem was raised with forest officers, they intervened and put a cease to the parading. The elephant was shifted again, however it was in all probability too late,” she mentioned. “It’s excessive time the follow of holding elephants captive is reassessed.
The behavior of ignoring these animals’ welfare and utilizing them to carry out actions which might be unnatural to them will damage all of us in the long term,” she added. Okay Saji, Assistant Conservator of Forest and Wildlife, mentioned the division had given all doable instructions to avoid wasting the jumbo’s life. “After the postmortem report arrives, we are going to determine if motion must be taken towards anybody on the matter,” he mentioned.
In the meantime, TDB president N Vasu mentioned a complete investigation will likely be carried out into the dying of the elephant. “We’ve got determined to droop two mahouts of the elephant. G Baiju, Deputy Commissioner (Haripad), TDB, has been quickly relieved of his duties. Additional motion will likely be taken primarily based on the probe report,” he mentioned.