“See what NDTV has done. They have changed not only the headline and narrative but also the district/location of the crime. Simply to blame Hindus and save Muslim criminals. District Malappuram where the elephant was actually killed has 70% Muslims whereas District Palakkad has a 67% Hindu population.” This is a message that has gone viral on WhatsApp and social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook.
In the horrific incident (link to Sirf News‘s previous report), some people — suspected to be Muslim — killed a pregnant elephant by feeding her a pineapple stuffed with crackers in Kerala’s Malappuram. An FIR has been lodged against unidentified people under the relevant sections of the Wild Life Protection Act (WPA), confirmed a forest range officer at Mannarkkad.
According to NDTV, however, “the wild elephant had left the forests of Silent Valley in Palakkad district, meandering into a nearby village in search of food. According to forest officials, the elephant is suspected to have eaten a pineapple.”
While the link to the NDTV story leads to the form seen in the second screenshot in which the report exists now, if the first screenshot is true, the said media outlet had named Malappuram at 5:35 PM on 2 June. At 11:48 PM the next day, the location changed to Palakkad.
Section Forest Officer Mohan Krishnan in Nilambur had shared this incident of human barbarism on social media. NDTV kept that part intact, not bothering to change the location of the forest officer.
While Silent Valley, where the incident occurred, stretches between Palakkad and Malappuram within the 76º 24′ and 76º 29′ East Longitude and 11º 4′ and 11º 13′ North Latitude, no other media house said it happened in the Hindu-majority district.
Meanwhile, the English language media has reported no arrests in the case but a few Malayalam dailies have named Amzath Ali and Thamim Shaikh as suspects. Today’s reports in English quote Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan as saying the guilty will be punished and mention “three suspects”. However, no report in English has named these suspects as yet.
“Major and incapacitating wounds and injuries in oral cavity caused localised sepsis and have most likely occurred following an explosive blast in the mouth. This resulted in excruciating pain and distress in the region and prevented the animal from taking food and water for nearly two weeks. Severe debility and weakness, in turn, resulted in the final collapse in water that led to drowning,” the postmortem report said.
When this image was posted on Facebook, some of the comments received were as follows.
- Satya Saraswat Seems their sources told them the names of perpetrators.
- Sharath Shastry Of course, India’s secular fabric is to be maintained.
- Vikash Sharma NDTV is Scam
- Avinash Agarwal Italian Edit.😃
- Satya Jit 2 person named Amzath Ali and Thamim Shaikh arrested for killing the elephant in Kerala. I will not leave until these two persons are hanged till death.