A day after an elephant mauled a four-year-old to death in a fruit market on Bahadurke Road, the Basti Jodhewal police registered a case under section 304-A (causing death of any person by doing any rash or negligent act not amounting to culpable homicide) in the matter on Thursday.
Inspector Harpal Singh, SHO at Basti Jodhewal police station, said, “Though family of the deceased on Wednesday reached compromise with the keepers of elephant, but as it is a matter of loss of a human life, we registered a case against Baba Billu and Chunni Lal, keepers of the beast.” The police had also confiscated the animal and had arrested the accused. But, later the accused and the animal were bailed out.
The doctors at civil hospital after conducting the postmortem on the body of the four-year-old boy, Vicky, revealed that child's skull was almost crushed causing his death, and bruises were found all over the body.
It is pertinent to mention that the captive elephant had tossed the boy in the air with his trunk and crushed him under his feet.
Chief wildlife officer Dhirender Singh said, “Following the incident, the wild life department has formed a committee of four officials, who will conduct medical check-up of all registered elephants and if any problem is found, the animal will be immediately taken from the owner and will be sent for proper treatment.”
Member of Animal Welfare Board Dr Sandeep Jain said the incident was unfortunate. “Moreover, elephant falls in schedule 1 category and it is a highly protected animal. So, permission should not be given to keep them as pet or for earning a living by taking them in open,” he said.
He said, “Around five years ago, a team constituted over captive wild animals had given a suggestion to keep all captive elephants in a park and to employ their keepers as caretakers. The government should rehabilitate the keepers and should provide education to their children, but to nothing was done in this regard.”