Patanjali kills elephants to make Assam plant. True or false?
Death of a female elephant in Assam has landed Patanjali in trouble after a FIR was filed against it for showing negligence towards wild elephants.
Reportedly, the FIR has been lodged against Patanjali’s Mega Herbal and Food Park in Assam’s Sonitput district, which was inaugurated on November 6 by Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal amongst many others along with Baba Ramdev.
It has been reported that the park had digged pits at the construction site which claimed an elephant’s life. Jasim Ahmed, additional conservator of Forest told media agency that the FIR was lodged against Uday Goswami, one of the coordinators of the Patanjali Park.
Onthe subject of negligence on behalf of the builder, he said that there are as many as 14 open pits at the site, some of which were filled up with earth only after Forest Minister Pramila Rani Brahma visited the site of the incident. She instructed the builder to keep half of the over-200-acre land free from construction activity so that elephants could move about freely.
The issue happened when a male, a female and her calf from a herd fell early on Wednesday into one of the large unfenced pits being dug to construct Patanjali’s unit. The tusker managed to get out, but the female, which suffered internal injuries and broke a leg from the fall, and her two-month-old calf, remained stuck. Efforts to pull her out and treat her proved futile and she died on Wednesday night.
Later, the calf which remained near his mother for the entire day was shifted to the elephant rehabilitation centre at Kaziranga national park.
It has been quoted via locals that the area was known to be an elephant zone, and on this Apurba Bhattacharya, state Congress spokesman claimed that as the area was an elephant corridor and used by the animals for giving birth to their calves, the previous Congress administration in the state had not allowed the government land to be given to anyone.