The animal rights organisation Akhila Karnataka Prani Daya Sangha has approached the Koramangala police on Monday seeking protection against alleged harassment of Forest Department officials. In his complaint, Sunil Dugar, who heads the NGO, said a camel and an elephant were rescued by officials of the Yelahanka forest range on January 2. The animals had allegedly been used for the housewarming ceremony of a city-based businessman.
Range Forest Officer Govinda Raju had booked two menfor violation of animal transit rules. While the elephant, belonging to the Taralabalu Mutt of Chitradurga, had been handed over to the math, the camel was handed over to the Prani Daya Sangha.
However, according to Mr. Dugar, Mr. Raju had allegedly been forcing him to return the camel to the owner. When he demanded the court order for its release, Mr. Raju allegedly pressured him to release the camel, Mr. Dugar said in his complaint.