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The body of the elephant being retrieved from the Velliyar river in Palakkad district of Kerala. afp (MINT_PRINT)
The body of the elephant being retrieved from the Velliyar river in Palakkad district of Kerala. afp (MINT_PRINT)

Elephant killing in Kerala: Govt promises to take stern action against culprits

The minister also added that the central govt has taken a very serious note of the killing

Union Forest Minister Prakash Javadekar has assured stern action against the killers of a pregnant elephant in Kerala. The minister also said that the central govt has taken a very serious note of the killing.

"Central Government has taken a very serious note of the killing of an elephant in Kerala. We will not leave any stone unturned to investigate properly and nab the culprit(s)," tweeted Prakash Javadekar Thursday morning.

"This is not an Indian culture to feed fire crackers and kill," added Prakash Javadekar after millions of people, upset over the killing of the innocent animal, took to social media to demand swift justice.

The killing of the elephant was brought to the people's attention by a forest officer identified as Mohan Krishnan, who was part of the Rapid Response Team to rescue the elephant.

The cracker explosion was so powerful that the elephant's tongue and mouth were badly injured. Before entering the river, the elephant walked around the village, in searing pain, and in hunger," the officer said.

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