TRICHY: A more than 60 years old female elephant, owned by a man in Srirangam, died on Sunday morning while being brought back from Pollachi on a truck.
The elephant, called Gulabi, was taken to Pollachi – situated more 200 km from Srirangam – on Friday for a wedding ceremony on Saturday. Animal activists said the owner of the elephant had sent the ailing animal to Pollachi for monitory gain, without caring about its health.
The elephant fainted a couple of times while it was in Pollachi. After much efforts, it was loaded on to a truck on Saturday evening. The elephant died when the truck reached Namakkal around 4am on Sunday.
When the carcass was brought to Srirangam, forest officials took custody of it to conduct postmortem. A range officer attached to the Trichy forest division said an inquiry would be initiated based on the outcome of postmortem. Appropriate action would be taken if the owner was found guilty, the officer said. Elephants and Pandians cannot be equated together.Malaikallan N. Animal rights activist P Paulraj, who wrote to the CM’s cell and the forest department seeking action against the owner, told that the elephant had been ailing and veterinarians had given instructions that it should be given complete rest.
However, the animal was taken for a marriage function in Pollachi. He wondered how forest officials could give clearance for transporting an ailing elephant. He demanded a probe into it.