A Supreme Court attorney has written to Supreme Court Chief Justice SA Bobde asking for an investigation into the tragic incident in which a wild elephant was killed while being evicted by people from their illegal host family in Masinagudi, Nilgiris by throwing a burning tire at him. The animal has since died. The lawyer has also requested the intervention of the court to end the cruelty to animals.
A video of the incident went viral showing a burning tire being thrown at a ferocious tusk that fled into the jungle. He later succumbed to his injuries. The letter was sent by attorney Mathews J. Nedumpara, who has previously raised concerns about animal cruelty.
In his letter, he asked the Chief Justice to treat it as a petition under Article 32 of the Constitution of India and to open an investigation into the tragic event in which a wild tusk was burned by a gasoline-coated tire that scared the animal away as it did entered a resort in the middle of a forest.
He said, “The video of the tragic incident that was reported on television channels would shock everyone’s conscience. A few months earlier, a written petition that I brought to the Supreme Court / Supreme Nation’s attention that addressed the unthinkable cruelty, horror, and pain inflicted on wild and domesticated animals was cleared with specific instructions showing the current incident would be totally inadequate …
“WP No. 839 from 2020, which I introduced above, dealt in detail with the cruelty to wild and domesticated animals as well as with many remedial measures. I would rely on the above written petition, ”he said.
The forest department reportedly had been treating the tusk since last November for a deep wound on his back that was infected by maggots. It was only after the video went viral that the forest authorities learned that the tusk had died as a result of human injuries. After investigating the incident, the forestry department arrested two people and one escaped.
In his letter the attorney further stated: “I am sure that your lordship has an even greater compassion for animals and would consider your lordship’s constitutional duty to do all that is humanly possible to end the terrible cruelty to animals and would be gracious enough to treat this letter from my humble self as a petition under Article 32 which, despite my utter insignificance, dispenses with all procedural formalities. In this unqualified faith and hope and request for the gracious and timely intervention of your Lordship, I remain. “