New Delhi: The state forest department has arrested one person in connection with the infamous case of killing of a pregnant wild elephant in Palakkad, Kerala recently

Confirming the arrest, Palakkad Superintendent of Police G Siva Vikram said that the man, identified as P Wilson, works at a plantation in the district, reported TheNewsMinute. He works as a rubber tapper at this plantation.

The accused is one of the three persons who was taken into custody for questioning on Thursday. The SP also said that more arrests in the case will be made. Thiruvazhamkunnu Forest Station Deputy Range Officer M Sasikumar also confirmed the arrest.

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Two FIRs have been registered in the case, first by the Forest Department and then by the police. Mannarkkad police in Palakkad registered the FIR (first information report) against unknown persons on June 3.

The department had identified three persons to be involved in the case, but let off two persons after interrogation.

The FIR, registered based on the complaint of a forest range official in Mannarkkad, said, “An elephant in a weak condition happened to die after somebody has unlawfully used an explosive. It sustained the injury while trying to eat some food.”

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On May 27, the elephant was standing in the Velliyar river and died around 4 pm. Its immediate cause of death was drowning and lung failure. However, it was declared as unnatural death after it was found that the pachyderm’s jaws had been mangled due to some explosives. As per the post mortem report, the elephant was unable to eat or drink water for two weeks before her death.

Such snares, fruits stuffed with explosives, are commonly used as bait for wild boars either to kill them for meat or to stop them from destroying vegetation. This is, however, illegal.

The death of the pregnant elephant triggered a massive outrage, following which the Kerala police formed a special investigation team (SIT) to probe into the death in the Palakkad forest range.

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