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Zoo elephants to be unchained after MP High Court order

PTI  Indore, August 18, 2014
First Published: 21:56 IST(18/8/2014) | Last Updated: 22:00 IST(18/8/2014)

Elephants Moti and Champa will be unchained nearly after seven years following the directions of the Madhya Pradesh High Court to Indore Municipal Corporation (IMC) on Monday to construct an open enclosure for them.

Both Moti and Champa were chained about seven years ago because of their "volatile" nature. However, after a petition filed by an organisation working for animal rights, the Madhya Pradesh High Court directed the IMC-run Kamala Nehru Zoo authorities to unchain them and construct an open enclosure for them.

"Construction of an open enclosure at an estimated cost of Rs. 50 lakh began about a week ago," zoo in-charge Uttam Yadav said.

The budget has been sanctioned by the IMC and an open enclosure is being constructed on a 1.5 acre area with a water pond as well as fountains, to enable elephants to freely roam in it, so that visitors may watch them, he said.

The elephants have been in the zoo since the last 25 years and whenever the male elephant Moti was unchained, it attacked people and had also seriously injured a mahout.

While hearing the petition, experts opined that because of their volatile nature, Moti and Champa could neither be set free in the zoo, nor released in the forest as they are not used to forest life.

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