A 47-year-old captive elephant named Laxmi from Assam, imported into Kanhmun Forest Range of Kwasthah Division in Mizoram died a few weeks ago.
In a most bizarre occurance, the body was cut up and the meat was consumed by the villagers.
Ironically, there was no presence of any personnel from the Mizoram Forest epartment to prevent, monitor or report such an atrocity!
The pictures had gone viral all over the internet recently.
The owner, one Md Mastufa Ahmed Laskar of Sonai in Cachar district of Assam had leased the elephant to one Pu Khualhina of Kanhmun in Mizoram.
Her ownership certificate dated 1.09.2009 was given from office of conservator of forests, southern Assam Circle in Silchar and owner claimed ‘legal heirship’.
The validity of this ownership certificate expired in August 2014.
The elephant died of a heart attack, as quoted by a local worker.
The chief wildlife warden of Mizoram directed to contact the concerned DFO in charge, who gave the registration letter for the elephant.
As per reports and information from the local people who live near this area, this elephant was badly overworked which led to her death.
Notably, there are other elephants, all from Assam, who are overworked and are in poor physical condition and health in Mizoram.
According to existing rule, any person in possession of an elephant has to comply with the 2008 guidelines issued by the MoEFCC as well as the standards/norms for recognition of Elephant Rehabilitation/Rescue Centres under Section 42 of the Wildlife Protection Act, 1972, issued by the MoEFCC on September 29, 2017, in particular on the following issues:
- Space and housing facilities
- Workload and retirement
- Healthcare facilities
- Protection from any form of cruelty
However, all these issues are grossly violated in Mizoram that led to the death of this captive elephant.