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Fri, 22 Mar 2019

Northeast Today

Maneka Gandhi tells Army to act against elephant deaths in Assam, remove ‘dreadful spikes’

Maneka Gandhi tells Army to act against elephant deaths in Assam, remove ‘dreadful spikes’
March 16
12:33 2019

NET Bureau

Days after a bed of six-inch long metal spikes installed by the Indian Army in Assam allegedly claimed the life of a male elephant, union minister Maneka Gandhi took up the issue with Army Chief Bipin Rawat and asked him to immediately remove the deadly spikes.

The spikes, laid down by the Army to prevent elephants around the Amchang Wildlife Sanctuary in Guwahati from entering the military installation adjacent to it, have allegedly caused at least two elephant deaths, and left several injured.

Taking strong exception to the Army’s installation of what she called ‘the dreadful spikes’, Maneka said, ‘Whoever in the Army has done this needs to be pulled up…The Army has no business of putting these lethal spikes in the middle of a forest.

‘I have spoken to the commander-in-chief, and he told me he has no knowledge of this, and will take immediate action,’ she told ThePrint Friday.

‘We have less than 15,000 elephants left in this country, are we going to kill them all?’ she said.

According to the 2017 census of elephants, there are 27,312 elephants in the country, which account for 55 per cent of the total elephant population in the world.

Source: The Print

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