Devotees set to expose board officials
[Monday October 8 2007 10:04 IST]

TRIPUNITHURA: Angry devotees of Sree Poornathrayeesa are set to confront the devaswom officials with a detailed questionnaire under the Right to Information Act, over the treatment meted out to young tusker Sreeraman.

“When we came out of the ‘nalambalam’ after darsan, we could see Sreeraman trying to touch and heal the wounds on his hind legs, using his tail,” said the devotees.
“The suspension of the two mahouts is an eyewash. That’s not enough,” said Rajeev, a devotee. The seven questions to be addressed to the authorities are:
A) The Devaswom Officer is said to be the custodian of the tusker of the temple. Is there anyone in charge of the day-to- day affairs of the animal?

B) Who is the authority to be approached when there is a suggestion or complaint regarding the handling of the elephant meant for the daily rituals of the temple?

C) Are there any statutory records as stipulated under the Captive Elephant Management Act with regard to the elephant meant for the daily rituals of the temple?

D) What emergency situation led to the elephant being paraded on the tarred road in extreme heat on that particular day and that too within the recuperative period soon after musth?

E) How much daily expense is incurred when privately owned elephants are hired for conducting the routine rituals in the temple?

F) How many mahouts have been changed for young tusker Sreeraman till date?

G) If the elephant Sreeraman is temperamental, why not the devaswom appoint senior mahouts for giving special attention to the animal?

After getting a detailed answer for these questions, a permanent body will be formed for the wellbeing of Sreeraman, who is exclusively meant for the routine rituals of Sree Poornathrayeesa Temple.

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