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Elephant deaths: 3 zoo employees dismissed

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Mysore, Feb 24 (UNI) Three employees of the Chamarajendra Zoological Gardens here were dismissed in connection with the sensational case relating to unnatural deaths of elephants in the zoo last year.

In a release here today, Zoo Executive Director Manoj Kumar said T Mahadev, L Mahadeva and Venkate Gowda were dismissed from service with effect from February 21 as their involvement in the unnatural deaths of the Asiatic elephants had been proved beyond doubt in the departmental inquiry held by a retired civil judge.

The Institute of Animal health and Veterinary Biologicals as well as the Forensic Science Laboratory, Bangalore, had confirmed that the elephants had died due to reaction caused by zinc phosphide chemical poison.

The Corps of Detectives and the police had narrowed down on the culprits by subjecting Mahadev to polygraph and narco analysis tests.

It may be recalled that the death of three elephants--Ganesha, Roopa and Komala--and several other animals under mysterious circumstances in the zoo last year had sent shock waves among the people and the Zoo authorities.

UNI BSP RG TS1439

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