Rules must be followed when using elephants for temple processions, says HC

Kochi: Kerala High Court pointed out that 'Captive Elephant Management Rules 2012' should be followed when the elephants are used in temple festivals. A bench comprising Justice Anil K Narendra and Justice PG Ajithkumar said that stiff action should be taken against those who violate the rules of the Wildlife Conservation Act.

The court also directed the Travancore Devaswom Board to issue directions to temples to follow rules while using elephants for processions.

The remark from the court came while hearing a petition filed by Ambalapuzha Sreekrishnaswami Temple committee chairman P Premkumar demanding an investigation into the death of an elephant owned by the temple.

The state government replied that the case has been registered and the elephant's mahout absconded. Devasom board said that stern action was taken against the culprits.

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