Jharkhand HC takes suo moto cognisance of death of elephants in Latehar
September 10, 2021
Jharkhand High Court on Friday took suo motu cognizance of the death of two
elephants in Latehar district in the last 10 days and sought a response
from the state government in the matter.
During the hearing on Friday, the court of Chief Justice Dr Ravi Ranjan and
Justice SN Prasad, taking suo motu cognisance of media reports regarding
the death of elephants ordered the Environment Secretary and Head of
Forests to be present in the court.
The court has sought an explanation behind the incidents asking whether it
occurred due to any disease or is a result of absence of regular patrolling.
Both the officers were asked to appear in the online court on September 16
and give their replies.
Two elephant deaths took place in Latehar on August 30 and September 9.
On September 9, a baby elephant was found dead in Hadi forest under
Ganeshpur village of Balumath police station area of Latehar.
The information was given to the forest department. Several people
including forest department officials had reached the spot.
After the death of the baby elephant, a herd of elephants had gathered in
the area and on Thursday a team from Palamu Tiger Reserve (PTR) comprising
Forest Department Veterinary Officer Dr Suryavansha Thakur and Dr Vijay
Kumar Sinha conducted the post-mortem of the dead elephant.
The body parts of the elephant have been sent for forensic examination.
Balumath Ranger said that the elephant had died about three-four days ago.
This is the second elephant death in Latehar district.
On August 30, an elephant had died under suspicious conditions in Chandwa