Laws are only for humans, Arikomban’s capture painful: Justice Devan Ramachandran

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Kochi: Kerala High Court Justice Devan Ramachandran on Monday said that the news of capture of rogue wild tusker Arikomban from Tamil Nadu was very painful. Speaking at the inaugural ceremony of the environment club at St Paul’s College in Kalamassery, he opined, “Laws are for human beings and do not consider other fellow beings.”

“Humans did not learn anything from the 2018 floods. If we live only for ourselves, then there will be no future. All laws have been made only for human beings. We are capturing Arikomban and shifting him to a place of our own choice. We are not thinking about anything beyond our safety. I’m not interested in stoking a controversy by commenting more on the Arikomban issue,” Justice Ramachandran said.

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Meanwhile, the Tamil Nadu Forest Department darted rice-eating wild tusker Arikomban on Monday around 12.30 am and reportedly shifted the animal to Mundanthurai Tiger Reserve (KMTR) in Tirunelveli.

The darting mission took place near Poosanampatti. Subsequently, the jumbo was safely transported to Mundanthurai using a specialised vehicle designed for containing wild tuskers. Meantime, Forest Department officials have verified and confirmed that the elephant is in good health.

However, Madras High Court has stopped the department from releasing the animal to the forest.

Arikomban, known for its habit of raiding ration shops and eating rice, was translocated to the Periyar Tiger Reserve on April 29 by Kerala forest department. According to them, it has killed 7 persons and destroyed 31 buildings.

Following which, it strayed into Cumbum town in Tamil Nadu on May 27 and attacked a man in Theni who later died.

Subsequently, the Tamil Nadu government formed a team of forest officials under the field director of Srivilliputhur Megamalai Tiger Reserve (SMTR) to nab the wild tusker.

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