Rescue, rehabilitate two jumbo calves: Tamil Nadu to Madras high court
Times of India
March 8, 2023
A day after three elephants were killed by a farmer who had erected an
illegal electric fence in Dharmapuri district, a wildlife activist moved
the Madras high court to direct the Tamil Nadu forest department to rescue
and rehabilitate two calves orphaned by the incident and got stranded in
Activist Muralidharan told the court of Acting Chief Justice T Raja and D
Bharatha Chakravarthy that without lactating mother the calves cannot
survive in the wild.
Responding to the pela, additional-advocate general J Ravindran said:
"Necessary action as per the SOP has already been initiated to make the
calves to join a
herd of elephants. If the calves are not adopted into the herd, steps will
be taken to shift them to elephant camp at Theppakadu in Mudumalai."
Recording the submissions, the first bench adjourned the hearing by a month
and directed the registry to post the case before a special bench
constituted to hear cases pertaining to elephant deaths.
Recording the same, the court directed the department to file a report on
the action proposed to be taken and the SOP for handling separated calves
within four weeks.
On Tuesday, when the first bench commenced its proceeding, Muralidharan and
advocate SP Chokkalingam made an urgent mention before the bench
highlighting the issue.
As to the steps taken, AAG informed the court that a man, K Murugesan, has
been arrested under the Wildlife Protection Act, 1972, in connection with
the electrocution and that recommendations would be made to the district
collector to invoke the Goondas Act against him.
Joint patrolling by the Forest department and the TANGEDCO staff has been
made after the incident and nine cases were booked against the persons who
had erected illegal fences. Special night patrolling teams have been
constituted to track elephants coming out of the forests and drive them
back into the woods, he added.