Mahout Lalmani Gautam bought the elephant from a resident of Lucknow at a monthly charge of Rs 50,000 and engaged it for human entertainment, and begging.
It was learnt Assam’s forest department has approved the animals’ transportation while the Gujarat government has issued the no-objection certificate.
The accused was caught when he returned to the shelter and attempted to rape cows again.
Sources said the BJP’s intervention has made things more knotty for the elephant owner, with the party trying to capitalise on the issue.
A 32-year-old man was allegedly caught in CCTV camera throwing the kittens into fire one by one and the kittens escaping.
Experts note that the issue arises mainly due to the lack of evidence.
Rohini was in the possession of S Mohammed Yusuf for several years without approval from the forest department.
Activists TNIE spoke to said the absence of strict rules has led to the rise in crimes against animals.
The incident occurred Saturday following which a member of an animal welfare organisation lodged a complaint on November 5 alleging that some people set the puppies ablaze.
As police authorities launch investigations, activists are planning to go to district and municipality authorities demanding action.