On Tuesday, as dawn broke, farm hands arriving to work made a horrible discovery. In the fields where they normally pick tomatoes and other vegetables, now lay dead an eight-year-old elephant with a bullet wound to its head.
Forest officials rushed to the spot and after conducting a preliminary investigation, the forest officials found that the farmland was owned by a local named Ramu.
Ramu had leased a two acre plot to another local named Maadesh, who had been cultivating tomatoes on the land.
The night before a herd of seven elephants in search of food and water lumbered onto Maadesh's farmland.
On seeing this, Maadesh along with one of his workers named Bashwaraj grabbed a homemade gun and shot one of the elephants.
The unfortunate victim was an 8-year-old female elephant who sustained a bullet wound to the head and died on the spot.
Forest department officials arrested Maadesh and are currently looking for the whereabouts of Bashwaraj who, after killing the defenseless animal fled the scene and is considered on the run.
Thali Police and Forest Department officials have opened an official investigation and will continue to track down the accused Elephant killer.
Forest veterinarians are currently conducting an autopsy on the poor creature to secure more evidence against Bashwaraj and Maadesh, said the officials.