Man arrested for plucking tail hair of dead elephant in Ernakulam
Kothamangalam: A man was arrested here for plucking out tail hair from a dead elephant here. Malippara Kunnappilly native Biju K Paul (48) was arrested on Tuesday.
A wild elephant was electrocuted to death near Kulangattukuzhi the other day. A video of a man plucking the tail hair from the carcass was widely circulated on social media soon after this.
Seeing the picture, wildlife warden in forest department Surendra Rao decided to take action against the person.
The incident happened in the morning, before forest officials reached the spot. Certain comments by onlookers was also audible in the video.
Since Tuesday, the officials in Mekkappala forest station were in search of the person in the video. As the person was wearing mask, he couldn’t be identified. By afternoon it was confirmed that the person seen in the video was Biju, a carpenter and was arrested.
Police recovered 4 elephant tail hairs from a book inside Biju’s bag.
He confessed to officials that he took the hair to make finger rings.
After registering a case against Biju under Wildlife Protection Act, he was let off on bail.