Killing of pregnant elephant is not the first case happened in Kerala, stern action will be taken, says Javadekar, Ratan Tata condemns killing

In the wake of rising outrage over the murder of a pregnant elephant in Kerala, after feeding it with explosives- hidden pineapple, Indian Union Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar on Wednesday said stern action will be taken against those responsible for killing the elephant.

The elephant died on May 27 in an area in Malappuram-Palakkad border. It had severely injured its jaws and tongue, hindering to eat or drink water. According to the forest officials, its wound suggested that the incident took place a week before its death.

“The Environment Ministry has taken a serious note of the death of an elephant in Kerala. Has sought a complete report on the incident. Stern action will be taken against the culprit(s),” Javadekar said in a statement to media.

Central Government has taken a very serious note of the killing of an elephant in Mallapuram, #Kerala. We will not leave any stone unturned to investigate properly and nab the culprit(s). This is not an Indian culture to feed fire crackers and kill.@moefcc @PIB_India @PIBHindi.

The post-mortem report had revealed that the 15-year-old elephant was one-month pregnant and had shattered its upper and lower jaws. The elephant was not in a state to eat after her upper and lower jaws as well as tongue were broken.

The wild elephant, which originally belonged to the Silent Valley National Park (SVNP) in Palakkad, had allegedly walked around the village. The officials are yet to spot the exact location where it got injured.

The Mannarkkad Forest Division in Palakkad has registered a first information report or FIR on May 28, a day after its death, against unidentified persons.

The death of the elephant had created much outrage. The former Union Minister and animal rights activist Maneka Gandhi termed the death of the pregnant elephant as “murder” and even argued that the incident took place in the Malappuram district, featuring it “most violent district” in the country.


Many celebrities including Tata group chairman Ratan Tata,Indian Cricket Team Captain Virat Kohli, actress wife Anushka Sharma,former Indian cricket team captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni etc. are those who registered their protest on social media about the matter.

It is also revealed that this is not the first time such incident occurred in Kerala. In an earlier such ocurrance,in Kollam district of Kerala, an elephant was killed by poachers by feeding pineapple loaded with crackers.