The Kerala forest officials have arrested five persons in Malappuram for allegedly killing pregnant wild buffalo and seized 25 kilograms of meat from one of the accuse. In yet another incident of animal cruelty reported from Kerala, five men allegedly hunted down a pregnant wild buffalo in Malappuram district. The incident comes just two months after the tragic death of a pregnant elephant in Mannarkad forest range in Palakkad district.
The state forest department has now arrested five persons in connection with the buffalo’s killing. The accused have been identified as Pullara Abu aka Nanippa (47), Muhammed Busthan (30), Muhammed Ansif (23), Ashiq (27) and Suhail (28).
The probe is focusing on whether more people were involved in the crime. The forest officers found buffalo meat from the house of one of the accused during a raid held at night on August 10.
The probe revealed that the accused hunted the wild buffalo at Puncha forest in Chakkikuzhi forest station limits under Kalikavu range of Nilambur south forest division.