The forest department has issued an order permitting honorary wildlife wardens in local bodies to cull wild boars that raid crops and pose a threat to human lives.
The woman, unaware of the explosive, took it and pressed it to see what it was, when it exploded.
Senior BJP leader and animal rights activist Maneka Gandhi has come out against the state government decision empowering local bodies to kill wild boars that destroy crops.
However, poisoning, electrocution or use of explosives to kill them will not be allowed.
The association is particularly miffed with the MP for referring in his letter to the pregnant elephant that was killed by a bait explosive in the Palakkad district.
When contacted, a senior official from the forest department said, "As per the law, we cannot kill the animal."