Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan stated that attempts to question the self-esteem of Kerala on the basis of the incident in which a pregnant elephant at Mannarkkad in Palakkad died after eating fruit loaded with crackers, cannot be entertained.
The death of the animal is a really heartbreaking incident. As part of an organised campaign, the name of Malappuram is mentioned in the reports in connection with the incident which actually took place in Mannarkkad of Palakkad district. It is wrong to unleash a baseless campaign against Malappuram and Kerala and nobody will be allowed to question the state’s self-esteem, the chief minister added.
Nature includes all sorts of living beings. We will check what measures can be taken to reduce the clashes between human and wildlife. However, some people’s efforts to use the elephant’s death to destroy Kerala’s image acquired through COVID resistance is pointless. If Maneka Gandhi made the statement out of ignorance, she can correct it now. But it seems that she said it intentionally, as she did not correct it yet, the CM said.
The pregnant elephant died after it ate a fruit loaded with crackers at Mannarkkad in Palakkad a few days back. Many including former union minister and BJP leader Maneka Gandhi had condemned the incident. She even alleged that Malappuram is infamous for animal abuse.
The chief minister said that a joint probe by forest and police officials to track down the killers of the pregnant elephant in Palakkad is on and three persons are on their radar.