Justice needs to prevail: Ratan Tata on pregnant elephant’s death

New Delhi: The brutal killing of a pregnant elephant in Kerala has shocked the nation. Business tycoon Ratan Tata on Wednesday called it a “mediated murder” and sought justice for the animal.

The elephant allegedly ate a pineapple filled with firecrackers, placed by some locals. The firecracker burst inside her mouth, leading to her death in Silent Valley Forest on May 27.

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“I am grieved and shocked to know that a group of people caused the death of an innocent, passive, pregnant elephant by feeding the elephant with a pineapple filled with firecrackers,” Ratan Tata tweeted.

“Such criminal acts against innocent animals are no different than acts of meditated murder against other humans,” said the veteran industrialist who is a keen animal lover.

“Justice needs to prevail,” he said.

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The Kerala government on Wednesday said a wildlife crime investigation team will probe the brutal killing, while the centre took a serious note of the incident and sought a report from the state.

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