Kochi: The Kerala Forest Department has arrested one more person in connection with the elephant poaching case. The arrested has been identified as Jiji alias Aandikunju. With this arrest, all of the main accused in the case have landed in the police net.
He was arrested by a team of Forest Department sleuths led by Thattekad range officer from Kerala-Karnataka border.
He was staying underground in Karnataka. Jijo and another accused Eldhose used to assist Aikaramattom Vasu, the main accused who was found dead recently at a farm house in Maharashtra, when he went to hunt down elephants.
Eldhose had surrendered before a court recently. Those who were involved in trade of the ivory of the killed elephants are yet to be held.
The case, known as Karimbani elephant poaching case, came to light when a member of the gang, Kunjumon, gave a confessional statement to the Karimbani Forest Station Deputy Range Officer on June 21. In his statement, Kunjumon told the officials that he had accompanied a squad of poachers headed by Vasu to hunt elephants in the Vazhacal Forest Division in Thrissur.
Following up on Kunjumon’s statement, investigators located the carcasses of at least five wild elephants. They suspect that Vasu had allegedly led the poaching operations in the Thundathil forest range and had killed more than 20 elephants, including calves.