Tamil Nadu: Elephant Dies Of Electrocution On Farmland In Krishnagiri,
Owner Held (Chennai)
November 23, 2022
Forest officials arrested a farmer who allegedly dug a hole and buried a
four-year-old elephant that was electrocuted to death at his farm in
Krishnagiri on Tuesday. The farmer was also accused for burying the
elephant without informing the officials on November 20.
According to ANI, a farmer Ellappa (63) illegally electrically fenced his
paddy field to keep away wild animals. On November 20, a wild elephant herd
with calves reportedly went to Oodedurgam forest area and near the paddy
fields. When the calf neared the fence at the paddy field of Elappa, the
calve died of electrocution.
According to ANI, Karthikeyini, Dist Forest officer said, “An elephant was
electrocuted on November 20. The farmer on whose land the elephant was
electrocuted due to illegal fencing has been arrested. Post mortem of male
elephant aged 4-6 years done.”
Karthikeyini said, "The farmer Elappa dug a hole and buried the baby
elephant's body in the nearby farmland with the help of his sons without
informing the forest department."
"The people of Kadur village have come to know about this incident. There
is also a strong stench in the area. Based on information, the forest
department took away the fences around the place where elephant was
buried," she said, as per ANI.
Based on a tip-off, the forest department excavated the body of the
elephant with JCB machine and conducted an autopsy.
The tusks of the elephant was also reportedly removed.
As a result, the forest officials have booked several cases under Wildlife
Act. The officials are also on the lookout to find out the sons of Ellappa.