The tranquilized wild elephant, nicknamed ‘Kattayan’ alias ‘Madukkarai Maharaj’, which died at the elephant camp at Varagliyar near Top Slip on Tuesday, two days after it was captured, had suffered multiple fractures on its forehead and other injuries. After a six-hour-long battle Maharaj was overpowered and tied to a rope and loaded into a truck. Maharaj's hind legs were bleeding from wounds caused by the tight ropes and those caused by Kaleem's tusks. Finally subdued, Maharaj was taken to Valakariyaru to be kept in a wooden pen. Wildlife officials were boasting about their success even though video footage of Maharaj's capture showed that there was no scientific method employed at any stage and the scene was entirely pitiful.
Later, as things settled and everyone began to think that the episode was over, news of Maharaj's death inside the holding pen arrived. Though the official cause of the elephants death has not yet been revealed, unconventional methods used by the forest officials and an overdose of tranquilizers by veterinarians can't be ruled out.
Later, this was introduced... THE ELEPHANT ‘MADUKKARAI MAHARAJ’ DIED DUE TO MULTIPLE FRACTURES ON THE FOREHEAD !
Maharaj's death has only brought out the various levels of discrepancies within the forest department and how insensitive they have become towards conserving such endangered species which are delicately hanging on a thread not far from extinction.
Maharaj was brutally captured, and tortured. We the people, demand Justice for Majharaj. Charges must be filed.
Thank you for signing.... Rest In Peace Maharaj.