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Man accused of killing elephant with explosive-stuffed pineapple

Indian police on Friday arrested a man accused of causing the death of a pregnant elephant that died after biting a pineapple stuffed with firecrackers that exploded in its mouth. The 15-year-old elephant was unable to eat after the injury and died in a river in Pallakad in southern Kerala state on May 27, state forest officer Surendra Kumar said.

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This May 27, 2020 photo shows an injured 15-year-old pregnant wild elephant standing in Velliyar River moments before it died in Palakkad district of Kerala state, India. Rajesh U Krishna / AP

Details of the suspect were not immediately available.

The state forest department announced the arrest and said it is investigating whether he was a poacher or a farmer who wanted to kill the elephant to prevent it from damaging crops.

"Bait bombs" made from food stuffed with explosives are common in India, particularly in southern states, and are used mostly to hunt wild boars for meat.

The elephant's death caused an outrage among animal rights activists. BBC News reported Ratan Tata, one of India's leading businessmen, said "justice needs to prevail."

Indian cricket star Virat Kohli called the killing a "cowardly act."

Maneka Gandhi, a former minister from the governing Bharatiya Janata Party, described the death as shocking and demanded a severe punishment for those responsible.

A shrinking habitat and a rise in the number of wild elephants in the past 15 years have led to hungry elephants entering villages, where they sometimes damage crops and attack residents.

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