Two days after a 40-year-old elephant in Tamil Nadu succumbed to its injuries, visuals have emerged of a flaming branch being thrown at the animal that caused the fatal injuries.
According to a report in The News Minute, the visuals show a few people attempting to drive the elephant away with a branch that was lit ablaze. As the blazing branch lands on the elephant, fire spreads on its head, and the elephant is then seen fleeing the spot, trumpeting in pain.
According to the report, the burn injuries were from two weeks ago, when the elephant had wandered out of the Mudumalai Tiger Reserve zone into a residential area in the hill town nearby at night. A man, who is not seen in the frame and is presumably recording the video from a balcony, says, “Enough, enough. Just leave it for some time,” as a man on the ground tries to drive the elephant away with the fire. Another bystander asks if there is anything else to drive the elephant away, and suggests to set that object on fire as well.
Three accused, the person who threw the flaming branch and two others who supported him, have been booked. Two of them have been arrested, including the one who flung the stick.
A press note by the Deputy Director of the Mudumalai Tiger Reserve stated, “We received inputs and a video that shows the elephant getting injured by fire. Based on the proof today, we have apprehended two persons, Prasath (36) and Raymond Dean (28), who are from Mavanallah. One more person, Ricky Ryan (31), is also involved in this case, and a case has been registered against these three. The third accused is not in town and so the two persons detained were arrested today and will be sent for remand.”