Complaint against Yathish Chandra for touching elephant at Aanayoottu ceremony
Thrissur: The Heritage Animal Task Force has filed a complaint against Thrissur city police commissioner Yathish Chandra for violating rules regarding elephant parading by touching it during Aanayoottu ceremony held at Vadakkumnathan temple here.
At the ceremony, Yathish Chandra carried his son on his shoulders and both touched an elephant. Pictures of the father-son duo have gone viral on social media.
Noticing this, Heritage Animal Task Force secretary VK Venkitachalam filed a complaint with Governor and Chief Wildlife warden. In the complaint, he noted that it is illegal to touch an elephant paraded at the ceremony. The photographs of Yathish Chandra and his son were also submitted as evidence.
As per the circular of state forest and wildlife department issued on March 20, 2013, it is mandatory that public should keep 3 metres distance from elephants. It is also strictly directed that nobody except the mahouts should touch the elephant.
The complaint was filed as citing violation of the rule in the circular.