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    Elephant death case: One arrested, efforts on to nab more accused, says Forest minister

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    "One person was arrested today. There are more accused in the case and efforts are on to nab them", Kerala Forest Minister K Raju told reporters.

    Kerala elephant death: One arrested, efforts on to nab more accused
    In a major breakthrough in the case relating to the death of a pregnant wild elephant in Kerala, one person was arrested on Friday.

    "One person was arrested today. There are more accused in the case and efforts are on to nab them", Kerala Forest Minister K Raju told reporters.

    Forest and police officials are conducting a joint probe into the elephant's death and a 'very fruitful investigation' is going on, he said.

    The Kerala Forest Department in a tweet said : "KFD has zeroed in on the culprits and recorded the first arrest in the wild elephant death case".

    The incident had triggered a national outrage, with Union Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar and Bhartiya Janta Party MP and former union minister Maneka Gandhi, among others, reacting to it.

    Forest department sources had said yesterday that three people were under the scanner of the joint investigation team of their personnel and Kerala police and a search was on for two more people.

    The department had said that there was no conclusive evidence that the injury to the elephant's lower jaw was caused by a pineapple stuffed with crackers and "it might be a possibility."

    The 15-year-old elephant is suspected to have consumed a pineapple filled with powerful fire crackers which exploded in its mouth in the Silent Valley forest.

    It died in the Velliyar River a week later on May 27.

    The pachyderm's tragic end came to light after a forest officer posted an emotional note on his Facebook page, narrating it.
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    2 Comments on this Story

    Devidas35 days ago
    The Minister ays the elephant must have acidentally eaten the pineapple.he will say the crackers got into the pineapple accidentally.Such ministers must be in a lunatic asylum,not in government.
    Devidas Telakat39 days ago
    The Forest officers know that no animal will mouth any thing which its nose instructs not to.A pine apple cannot suddenly appear away from its plant.Are the officers trying to support Pinari Vijayan? Has not enough harm happened already from 1947 to scrap party government under the false name of democracy? Are these useless self styled 'netas' pushing the people to a revolution?Gandhi ji has shown a simpler method.
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