High Court seeks reply from MP Forest Deptt on captive elephants

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 05 Oct 2018 10:32:48


Staff Reporter,


Division Bench of Madhya Pradesh (MP) High Court, has sought rehabilitation plan for the four elephants held in captivity by the MP Forest Department. Hearing the plea of environment/wildlife conservationist Nitin Singhvi, a Division Bench of Justice Hemant Gupta and Justice Vijay Kumar has asked MP Forest Department to clarify the reasons for holding the elephants in captivity within a week. Next hearing on the litigation will be held on October 10.

In his PIL, Plaintiff Singhvi has stated that the herd of five elephants had strayed from Chhattisgarh into the forests of Sidhi districts in MP in search of food and water, but couldn’t return due to heavy rain.

In the meantime, herd damaged some crops, but there was no evidence of harming any human. In spite of this, MP Forest Officials captured the elephants. While one calf was killed in
suspicious conditions at the transition camp, four others were transferred to the Bandhavgarh National Park, where they have been shackled.