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HC notice to Centre, TN over elephant menace in human habitats

Press Trust of India  |  Chennai 

The today directed Ministry of Forests and and the Forest Department to respond to a plea seeking measures to prevent destruction caused by wild elephants in human habitats in the Hills region.

Hearing a PIL, first Bench comprising Indira Banerjee and Justice PT Asha ordered and state Forest and Departments to file a report and posted the matter for further hearing to August 6.

In the public interest litigation, petitioner A R Gokulakrishnan said a herd of 25-50 elephants was straying into human habitats, where approximately 2.5 lakh families live, and destroy plantations growing banana, butter fruit, mandarin oranges and cash crops among others.

Further, the petitioner said he had sent two representations in December last year, seeking remedial measures to prevent the menace of elephants and sought a court direction to consider his pleas.

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First Published: Mon, July 09 2018. 19:45 IST