Kochi: The Kerala High Court on Wednesday asked the Sabarimala special commissioner to look into the recent death of a sambar deer in the Sabarimala forest region.
The court also criticised various authorities managing the affairs of Sabarimala for improper waste management. A nine-year-old sambar deer had died at Poonkavanam on December 28 after consuming food waste thrown out in plastic carry bags.
A post-mortem report revealed that it had eaten around 4.7 kilos of waste. The deputy director of the Project Tiger blamed it on poor garbage management at Sabarimala.
“It makes no sense to clear the Pampa shores, trekking path and Sannidhanam of plastic and throw such materials into the forest area,” the court observed.
A division bench comprising Justice Thottathil B. Radhakrishnan and Justice Anu Sivaraman issued the order while considering the report of the forest department about the death of the deer though there is prohibition of plastic at Sabarimala.
The court also asked the special commissioner to look into the allegations levelled by the forest department on the waste management. The High Court had recently prohibited the use of plastic except for drinking water purposes at Sabarimala.
Takign a tough stand against polluting the region, the court had recently instructed the police to arrest those who left their dress in river Pampa as part of a ritual.
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