Thiruvananthapuram, Jun 3 : Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Wednesday announced that a preliminary investigation has been initiated into the death of a pregnant wild elephant at Mannarkad Forest Division in Palakkad district. Addressing a press conference at the Government Secretariat this evening, the Chief Minister said, "A wildlife crime investigation team from Kozhikode has been dispatched to the place of the incident for further investigation."
"Police have been instructed to take strict action against the culprits," he added. The Chief Minister was reacting to the death of the 15-year-old pregnant wild elephant on May 27 in the forest. It was reported that the elephant died when it tried to eat a fruit stuffed with explosives. The jaw of the pregnant elephant was broken and she was unable to eat after she chewed the pineapple and it exploded in her mouth. It was alleged that the elephant was offered the pineapple filled with crackers to eliminate it. (UNI)