Forest personnel exhume elephant carcass from open well in Kollegal

Forest personnel exhume elephant  carcass from open well in Kollegal

Forest personnel successfully exhumed the severed parts of an elephant carcass that was buried in an open well at Selvipura in Kollegal taluk on Wednesday.

The elephant carcass was exhumed with the help of excavators. The Forest personnel swung into action after a resident raised suspicion over the foul smell emanating from a closed well on Tuesday.

A team of Forest personnel, with two excavators, began the operation on Wednesday morning. After digging 15 feet, they removed three pieces of the carcass. Later, the trunk, the head and other parts were found.

Veterinarian Dr K S Umashankar, who conducted the postmortem, said, burn injuries were found on the trunk, hence, the jumbo might have been electrocuted.

According to the accused, Japamale, he had erected electric fence to protect his crops from the wild animals, which resulted in the elephant being electrocuted. Fearing the outcome, Japamale, along with another person, had cut the carcass into eight pieces from 4 pm to 2 am, and buried it into the well.

Speaking to Deccan Herald, B P Ravi, Chief Conservator of Forests, Chamarajanagar Circle, said, the accused has confessed to the crime. The weapons used for the crime have been seized.

Mahadeva, another accused, is absconding. Since a country rifle was also found with Japamale, he will be subjected to further inquiry, he added. Deputy Forest Officer Malathi Priya, Assistant Conservator of Forests Shivaramaiah and others were present.
DH News Service

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