NGT orders forest ministry panel to investigate the killing of the elephant in MP due to electric shock

The National Green Tribunal has instructed the Ministry of The Environment, Forests, and Climate Change’s (MoEF&CC) Monitoring Committee to investigate the demise of an elephant in Madhya Pradesh’s Bandhavgarh and to protect the health and lives of 40 elephants in that area.

On a petition seeking justice for the demise of an elephant by electric shock and to secure the life of 40 elephants in Bandhavgarh, MP, a bench consisting of Justices Adarsh Kumar Goel, Sheo Kumar Singh, and Expert Member Nagin Nanda announced the decision.

“…we direct the National Review Committee, appointed by the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change, as well as the Chief Wildlife Warden, MP, to examine the complaint in the current setup and take appropriate action in compliance with the law,” the order said.

According to the petition filed by P.G. Najpande, one elephant died of electric shock on November 28, 2020, in the forestland of Bargi, village Mohas, District Jabalpur, due to a high power trap with voltage level overloaded power lines.

“Besides the demise of one elephant, the lives of 40 wild animals in the Bandhavgarh forest are in jeopardy,” the petition said.

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