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“Investigation Is Underway, Justice Will Prevail Soon,” Kerala CM On Killing Of Pregnant Elephant

Mumbai: Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said on Thursday that the investigation is on with a focus on three suspects in the murder of a pregnant elephant in Palakkad.

In a series of tweets, the Kerala Chief Minister said, “In a tragic incident in Palakkad dist, a pregnant elephant has lost its life. Many of you have reached out to us. We want to assure you that your concerns will not go in vain. Justice will prevail.”

Vijayan tweeted saying, “An investigation is underway, focusing on three suspects. The police and forest departments will jointly investigate the incident. The district police chief and the district forest officer visited the site today. We will do everything possible to bring the culprits to justice.”

He said, “We will also try to address the causes behind the increased incidences of Human-wildlife conflict. Climate change could be adversely affecting both the local communities and animals.”

“Having said that, we are saddened by the fact some have used this tragedy to unleash a hate campaign. Lies built upon inaccurate descriptions and half-truths were employed to obliterate the truth. Some even tried to import bigotry into the narrative. Wrong priorities,” he said in another tweet.

“Kerala is a society that respects the outrage against injustice. If there is any silver lining in this, it is that we now know that we can make our voices heard against injustice. Let us be those people who fight injustice in all its forms; every time, everywhere,” the chief minister said.

Earlier environmental minister Prakash Javadekar said that the central government will not spare the elephant killers in Kerala.

“The Central Government has taken a very serious note of the killing of an elephant in Kerala. We will not leave any stone unturned to investigate properly and nab the culprit(s). This is not an Indian culture to feed firecrackers and kill”, he said.

Also Read: Centre To Take Strict Action Against The Elephant Killing, Says Prakash Javadekar

The elephant was killed on May 27 after eating a pineapple-laden pineapple and forest officials said it broke into the Velliyar River after injuring its lower jaw.

The elephant was seen standing in the water with his mouth and torso in the river for some relief from the pain after the explosion in his mouth.

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