On Wednesday morning, a calf had ran out of an elephant herd towards a construction site of Patanjali Mega Herbal and Food Park in Assam’s Sonitpur district, India. He was followed by his brother and his mother, who suffered injuries after falling in the pit and died 19 hours later.
While one calf was able to come out of the pit, the other stayed with his mother’s body, and had to be rescued by locals. The Assam Forest Department has filed a police complaint against the builder of Patanjali Mega Herbal and Food Park for negligence in providing safety to wild elephants and digging pits at the construction site.
There were more than 14 open pits and some of them were filled up with earth after Forest Minister Pramila Rani Brahma visited the site. The Forest Minister instructed the builder to keep half of the over-200-acre land free from construction through which the elephants could move.