Elephant electrocuted near Kanakapura, buried on farmland (Bengaluru)
December 7, 2023
A wild elephant which had reportedly been electrocuted earlier this week
near Kanakapura in Ramanagara district was found buried on a farmland.
Forest Department officials who received an alert stating that a tusker
which was electrocuted has been buried at a farmland in Santhe Kodihalli
near Kanakapura, exhumed the carcass on Wednesday.
Forest officials said that the incident took place most likely on the night
of December 3, but they received an alert about the clandestine burial by
the farm owners on Wednesday, following which they recovered the carcass
Officials said that ragi was being cultivated on the farmland and the
elephant may have strayed in search of food when it was electrocuted.
“A FIR has been registered against the accused Pille Gowda who had taken
the farmland on lease from the landowner Nanjegowda for burying the carcass
of the elephant,” Ramakrishnappa, Deputy Conservator of Forest, Ramanagara.
Mr. Ramakrishnappa said that an autopsy has been conducted and a case has
been registered against the accused under the Wildlife Protection Act 1972.
This incident comes in the wake of the death of elephant Arjuna, which died
in a fight with a wild elephant during an elephant capture operation near
Yeslur in Sakleshpur earlier this week.