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BJS lands in trouble after using an elephant to garland its guests

It was alleged that the BJS did not take permission from the forest department for hiring the elephant.

Published: 06th November 2016 03:11 AM  |   Last Updated: 06th November 2016 03:11 AM   |  A+A-

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By Express News Service

CHENNAI: The Bharatiya Jain Sanghatana (BJS) landed in trouble on Saturday after it allegedly hired an elephant to garland guests, including HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar, who attended a national convention on education in the city.

It was alleged that the BJS did not take permission from the forest department for hiring the elephant. Also the animal was not given proper food and water and was made to stand at the entrance of the venue since morning.

The elephant, hired by the BJS, being seized by the police,
in the city on Saturday. It was later handed over to the SPCA
| Ashwin prasath

Acting on a tip-off, police took away the animal after loading it on a truck to the Vepery office of Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA). “We heard it was brought without permission so police took it away,” said a visitor.

C Thyagraja, secretary of SPCA, said Shankar, the owner of the elephant, had taken permission from the forest department to bring the elephant for a temple function in the city from Tiruchy. 

But the Jain Sangatana had used the elephant for their event, which had started in the morning, without applying for a separate permission.

“The BJS had not taken permission from the forest department. It was standing there from morning without food and water. It was used to garland the guests and the minister. Action will be taken under Prevent of cruelty to Animals Act 1960,” he said.

When contacted, a BJS member said they were not aware of the issue.



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