Killer of adult elephant in Jawalagiri range in Hosur was a repeat offender; shot dead an elephant in 2020

In 2020, the accused had shot dead a six-year-old elephant, whose carcass was found near the forest range in Sennamalam village in an elephant trench. 

Updated - November 01, 2023 02:02 pm IST

Published - October 31, 2023 08:27 pm IST - HOSUR

A tusker was found shot dead in the Jawalagiri forest range, falling within the Cauvery North Wildlife Sanctuary, in Hosur on October 29, 2023. File

A tusker was found shot dead in the Jawalagiri forest range, falling within the Cauvery North Wildlife Sanctuary, in Hosur on October 29, 2023. File | Photo Credit: Special Arrangement

A 43-year-old farmer was arrested for killing a male elephant here in Jawalagiri forest range, on Tuesday, October 31, 2023.

The accused Muthu Malleswaran of Sennamalam village near the reserve forest was a repeat offender, who had earlier shot dead an elephant in 2020 and was arrested in that case, said an official source.

On Sunday, a forest patrol found the carcass of a male elephant in the forest range. The autopsy on the tusker on Monday revealed the elephant was hit by a bullet in its skull.

Following this, teams were formed to investigate the incident. Muthu Malleswaran was secured on Monday for inquiry. On Tuesday, he was arrested.

According to the source, in 2020, Muthu Malleswaran had shot dead a six-year-old elephant, whose carcass was found near the forest range in Sennamalam village in an elephant trench. The autopsy at that time had revealed three to four metal pellets in the elephant’s skull.

Since 2012, an estimated eight elephants were shot dead, with two of them shot dead by the same accused within a gap of three years as in this case.

The man had been granted bail by the high court for the earlier killing of the elephant, says a Forest Department source.

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