Balussery: An elephant has been tortured for the past three months in the name of musth, it is alleged. The tusker, known by the names Kochu Ganeshan and Bharathi Balanarayanan, has been chained at a coconut plantation at Mundakkara in Balussery since April violating all rules regarding the elephant care during musth period.
According to the Captive Elephant (Management and Maintenance) Rules, the elephant in musth should be housed at roofed camps and provided proper food and water. But this elephant is kept outdoors directly exposed to sun and rain. It has wounds from chains on the legs.
The 25-year-old tusker is chained to a coconut tree. It was brought to the land of Vadakkedathu Sankaran for a shelter for 10 days. Later, when he asked to take the elephant away, its owner said that the tusker is in musth and could not be shifted for three months.
When a gang of men started drinking and camping on the land in the name of taking care of the elephant, the owner demolished the shed built in the place. The gang filed a police complaint against the land owner for destroying the shed. With this, Sivasankaran had to run after the police case in return for giving permission to camp the tusker.
The neighbours said that the elephant keeps whining day and night due to the wounds on its legs. Sivasankaran and family said though they filed a complaint to the police and DFO that the elephant is being tortured, no action was taken.
The owners of the elephant brought registered mahouts only after he filed a complaint in Koyilandi court and a commission came for inspection. Elephant owner Dileep Kumar responded that the tusker is treated as per the directions in ‘Madangaleela’ and it will be shifted from the place once fitness certificate is issued.