Palakkad: One person has been arrested in connection with the death of a pregnant elephant in Palakkad district. Wilson, who works in Palakkad and is a rubber tapper, was arrested on Friday. The arrest was registered by State Forest Department.
The official confirmation of the arrest will be made only in the afternoon.
Forest officers said that he helped in stuffing the explosives in jaggery. It is reported that two more people will be arrested soon in connection with the case.
Forest and police officials are conducting a joint probe into the elephant's death and a 'very fruitful investigation' is going on, he said.
The Kerala Forest Department in a tweet said : "KFD has zeroed in on the culprits and recorded the first arrest in the wild elephant death case".
The incident had triggered a national outrage, with Union Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar and BJP MP and former union minister Maneka Gandhi, among others, reacting to it.
Forest department sources had said yesterday that three people were under the scanner of the joint investigation team of their personnel and Kerala police and a search was on for two more people.
The department had said that there was no conclusive evidence that the injury to the elephant's lower jaw was caused by a pineapple stuffed with crackers and "it might be a possibility."
The 15-year-old elephant is suspected to have consumed a pineapple filled with powerful fire crackers which exploded in its mouth in the Silent Valley forest.
It died in the Velliyar River a week later on May 27.The pachyderm's tragic end came to light after a forest officer posted an emotional note on his Facebook page, narrating it.
(With PTI inputs)