He works as a rubber tapper at this plantation.
The elephant is believed to have eaten fruit or another edible substance that was packed with firecrackers after straying into a village in Palakkad district last month.
"One person was arrested today. We have arrested Wilson and we will catch the other two persons soon", said the officer.
K.C. Venugopal said: "The BJP must tender an unqualified and unconditional public apology for giving communal colour to the most unfortunate incident of the killing of a pregnant elephant in Kerala".
"The forest department has appointed three teams for the investigation". The case is also registered under section 11 (1) of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960, which lists various offences, including sub-section (1) (a) "beats, kicks, over-rides, over-drives, over-loads, tortures or otherwise treats any animal so as to subject it to unnecessary pain or suffering or causes or, being the owner permits, any animals to be so treated".
"The animal had sustained injuries because of explosives in its mouth".
IUML general secretary P.K. Kunhalikutty, MP, and working secretary E.T. Mohammed Basheer, MP, condemning Ms. Gandhi, said that the attack on Malappuram and its people was part of an attempt to implement the political agenda of the BJP government.
The elephant died in the Velliyar river, "which borders Palakkad and Malappuram districts", they said.
"The death of the pregnant elephant moved me terribly, but the disinformation being circulated around it by motivated people needs to be spiked immediately". However, it was declared as unnatural death after it was found that the pachyderm's jaws had been mangled due to some explosives. "For nearly 48 hours, the elephant stood in that spot, before succumbing to the deep internal injuries on the evening of May 27", the Express reported.
Officials told TNM that the incident occurred between May 13 and May 20. Two days later, she was seen standing in a river. On the morning of May 25, the elephant, thoroughly exhausted and writhing in pain, reached the banks of the Velliyar river.
The state has launched an investigation into the wildlife-crime, and has even offered a reward for information that can help identify "perpetrators", but the preliminary investigation seems to suggest that the elephant's death was accidental, a collateral in an older fight between local farmers and boars that routinely destroy crops, foraging for food, even as forests continue to shrink.
The probe is being led by the G Siva Vikram, the Superintendent of Police Palakkad, and co-ordinated by DySP Mannarkad along with officials from the forest department.