A Supreme Court attorney has written to the Chief Justice of India asking for his intervention to end the cruelty to animals. His letter cited a recent incident where an elephant was set on fire by some people in Tamil Nadu who threw a burning tire on it. The Jumbo later succumbed to burn injuries. The video of the incident had gone viral on social media.
“The video of the tragic incident like above, which happened today and is reported on television channels, would shock anyone’s conscience,” wrote attorney Mathews J Nedumpara in his letter to Chief Justice SA Bobde.
The Mudumalai Forest Department in the Nilgiri district of Tamil Nadu yesterday arrested two men who were held responsible for the death of the 50-year-old pachyderm, according to ANI. The worrying incident brought back memories of a similar episode in Kerala last year in which a pregnant elephant died from the effects of explosive fruits.
Mr. Nedumpara had also submitted an application to the Supreme Court at the time. He asked Chief Justice Bobde to treat his last letter as a petition, saying the earlier one had been disposed of with some instructions to the center which was insufficient. This time he asked that his plea be treated as a public interest litigation.
“I am sure your lordship has even greater compassion for animals and would consider your lordship’s constitutional duty to do all humanly possible to end the terrible cruelty to animals and would be gracious enough to get this letter through to treat my humble Even as a petition under Article 32 which, despite my utter insignificance, dispenses with all procedural formalities, “wrote Nedumpara.
Officials from the Tamil Nadu Forest Department said the elephant was first found injured in November. It was captured, treated, and released in the forest in December, according to the ANI. Sometime in January this year, it was getting closer to an area of human habitation. Residents there attempted to drive the animal away and threw a burning tire on it during the reported incident.
The video shows the elephant running away with the burning tire on his head. It later died and succumbed to the burns, officials said.
Based on the video evidence, two people identified only as Prasad and Raymond were arrested. A third man, Ricky, who was also involved in the incident, is missing, ANI reported.