Elephant brought to welcome Javdekar in Chennai 'rescued' by cops

Elephant brought to welcome Javdekar in Chennai ‘rescued’ by cops

An elephant that was brought to Kamarajar Arangam in Teyanampet to reportedly garland Union HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar, was rescued by officials on Saturday after it was allegedly being starved.

It was alleged that the BJS did not take permission from the forest department for hiring the elephant. Also the animal was not given proper food and water and was made to stand at the entrance of the venue since morning.

The animal was also made to bless people coming to the hall for a fee that the mahout collected, SPCA secretary T Thyagarajan said, adding that this was a violation of the rules.

The mahout also did not have the mandated performing animal certificate from the Animal Welfare Board of India and Suma did not have the microchip embedded by wildlife authorities in all elephants in captivity in the state, Thyagarajan said.

Since no permission has been granted to display theelephant, it has been ‘detained’ by the forest department officials, police and SPCA members, sources said.

The police took away the animal in a truck, to the SPCA’s Vepery office. Animal welfare activists said Suma had been brought to the city in a truck around midnight on Friday.