A male was arrested and another detained from the joint investigation groups of the police and forest departments in relationship with the brutal killing of a pregnant elephant in Palakkad in Kerala, state’s forest minister K Raju said on Friday.
The arrested man continues to be known as P Wilson, a member of staff of the estate that cultivates cash crops and spices. The minister said more arrests is going to be by evening.
Both the guys have reportedly told interrogators they setup a snare of fruit full of crackers to scare wild boars, which in turn destroyed their farms.
The incident stumbled on light on May 27 when Mohan Krishnan, a forest officer, wrote a Facebook post after witnessing the death.
The elephant rushed to nearby Velliyar river after food the fruit and died there even while forest officials rushed to rescue it. The crackers exploded once the elephant chomped around the pineapple.
The killing of the 15-year-old elephant had triggered countrywide protests as Bollywood actors, business icons and sports persons joined to condemn the action.
Many including, former Union minister Maneka Gandhi, claimed it happened in Muslim-majority Malappuram district. Her sweeping comment, which many said were made without verifying facts, triggered widespread condemnation in Kerala.
People of Kerala have started a campaign “We are with Malappuram” to counter the attack from the district recognized for communal amity.
The embarrassed government had constituted the special investigation team on Thursday as the killing from the elephant whipped up controversy.