The carcass of the jackal
TRICHY: In an incident reminiscent of the recent death of an elephant in Kerala which ate a cracker-filled coconut, a jackal in Trichy district of Tamil Nadu died after a country bomb — covered in animal fat — exploded in its mouth.
The Trichy police on Monday arrested 12 men for killing the jackal country bomb as a bait. The bomb exploded in the mouth of the jackal killing it on the spot. The jackal is a Schedule – I animal protected under the Wildlife Protection Act, 1972.
The arrested are identified as K Ramaraj, 21, I Saravanan, 25, R Yesudas, 34, R Sarath Kumar, 28, S Devadass, 41, R Pandian, 31, S Vijay Kumar, 38, A Sathyamurthy, 36, V Sarath Kumar, 26, P Raju, 45, M Pattampillai, 78 and P Rajamanickam, 70.
Jeeyapuram deputy superintendent of police C Kokila told TOI that a police constable saw the 12 men at a teashop near Mekkudi village with the carcass of the jackal in the afternoon. He nabbed all the accused and brought them to the police station.
Kokila said the accused had set the bomb in the Jeeyapuram forest as a bait for the jackal. As soon as the jackal bit the bait assuming it to be a prey, the bomb exploded, killing it on the spot.
All the arrested have been handed over to Trichy forest department.