In a recent development, netizens of Kerala slammed senior BJP leader Maneka Gandhi and Union Minister Prakash Javadekar for defaming Malappuram instead of Palakkad under infamous elephant murder case in Kerala.
As per a report by The Quint, the horrifying incident actually took place in the Palakkad district of Kerala. The Quint spoke to K Sunil Kumar, Divisional Forest Officer, Mannarkkad who quoted "The elephant was found dead in a forest area in the Mannarkkad division of Palakkad district. Such incidents have happened in the past but we have taken all steps to prevent them."
Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan also clarified. He specifically mentioned that the incident happened in the Palakkad district of Kerala. In a series of Tweets, he also informed that an investigation is underway and he assured that justice will prevail.
In a tragic incident in Palakkad dist, a pregnant elephant has lost its life. Many of you have reached out to us. We want to assure you that your concerns will not go in vain. Justice will prevail.— Pinarayi Vijayan (@vijayanpinarayi) June 4, 2020
As soon as the news was broke netizens started slamming both the senior BJP leaders along with the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting for blaming Malapurram instead of Palakkad. A Twitter user also demanded an apology from the Ministry. Read the Tweet below what Mannu S Pillai has to say -
Central government has taken the wrong note then because the tragedy occured in Palakkad, not Malappuram. The Information Minister opens himself to suspicions of *disinformation* and dog whistling. He should delete this tweet and hire better sources of news and information. https://t.co/R0RUoSRnuP— Manu S Pillai (@UnamPillai) June 4, 2020
Yesterday, BJP MP and Animal rights activists Maneka Gandhi accused Malappuram for their inhuman behaviour. In the conversation with media, she quoted "It's murder, Malappuram is famous for such incidents, it's India's most violent district. For instance, they throw poison on roads so that 300-400 birds & dogs die at one time."
Union Minister Prakash Javadekar also expressed his concern and he too misquoted Malappuram instead of Palakkad. In his tweet, he wrote "Central Government has taken a very serious note of the killing of an elephant in Mallapuram, #Kerala. We will not leave any stone unturned to investigate properly and nab the culprit(s). This is not an Indian culture to feed firecrackers and kill."
Central Government has taken a very serious note of the killing of an elephant in Mallapuram, #Kerala. We will not leave any stone unturned to investigate properly and nab the culprit(s). This is not an Indian culture to feed fire crackers and kill.@moefcc @PIB_India @PIBHindi— Prakash Javadekar (@PrakashJavdekar) June 4, 2020
Congress leader Lavanaya Ballal took a dig at BJP and requested Keralites to send a Map of Kerala to all the BJP leaders. She specifically mentioned that Palakkad and Malappuram are 2 hours apart by road.
Indeed there was misinformation due to which BJP leaders and Ministry are facing the backlash but opposition and netizens are not happy with this and they are demanding apologies from BJP.