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Wild tusker chased by vehicle in Tamil Nadu’s Anaimalai Reserve Forest, video sparks outrage

The driver behind the vehicle was Mithun Mathi, identified as an AIADMK member, who not only engaged in this reckless act but also decided to broadcast the incident on social media. The incident, which occurred on the winding Navamalai road after dusk, has become a focal point of outrage and calls for strict action under India's wildlife protection laws.

By: Ruchi Upadhyay  Pardaphash Group
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Wild tusker chased by vehicle in Tamil Nadu’s Anaimalai Reserve Forest, video sparks outrage

Chennai/Tamil Nadu: In the dense forests of Anamalai Tiger Reserve in Tamil Nadu, a disturbing incident came to light, captured on video, which has sparked a nationwide debate on wildlife conservation. A young wild elephant living in these lush green areas was subjected to unreasonable pursuit by a vehicle decorated with the flag of the AIADMK political party.

The driver behind the vehicle was Mithun Mathi, identified as an AIADMK member, who not only engaged in this reckless act but also decided to broadcast the incident on social media. The incident, which occurred on the winding Navamalai road after dusk, has become a focal point of outrage and calls for strict action under India’s wildlife protection laws.

The video, rapidly spreading across platforms, shows the utter terror faced by the elephant, which is a revered and protected animal under Indian law. The actions of the AIADMK cadre, documented for a virtual audience, not only violated ethical boundaries but also violated the Wildlife Protection Act.

Section 9 of this law clearly prohibits such acts of hunting and harassment, underscoring the seriousness of the offense which can lead to imprisonment, given the Indian elephant the status of a protected species. Amid growing calls for justice, wildlife activists and conservationists are demanding immediate legal action, stressing the need to maintain the sanctity of wildlife habitats against human encroachment.

The incident has not only sparked outrage but also highlighted the wider issue of human-elephant conflict in the region. In a contrasting scenario in Gudalur, Tamil Nadu, locals took it upon themselves to transport a wild elephant back to the forest to ensure it was not harmed.

Meanwhile, residents of Neelakottai area are expressing concern over a lone elephant wandering near residential areas and urging them to take measures to prevent possible tragedies. The state’s chief wildlife warden, Srinivas Reddy, has vowed to take decisive action in response to the Anamalai incident. The commitment to address these critical issues reflects widespread government acceptance of the delicate balance between human settlements and wildlife areas.

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