Mohanan who got gajarajapattom in last month from Thripunithura died at Aaranmula elephant shed on February 08, 2009. Local people alleged, cruelty of the mahouts led to this brutal incident. Forest Dept. had registerd a case and the investigation is going on. Hundreds of elephant lovers paid homage to the tusker.
Kummanam Rajashekharan, General Secretary Hindu Eikya vedi visited the spot and paid tribute to the elephant. He told media persons that people and temple authorities must rethink about the parading of the elephants and they must aware of the stress they undergo during such events.
Authorities will check whether any violations from Kerala captive elephants rules had led to the death of this animal. People observed hartal at Aranmula to convey their grief against the brutality of mahouts towards the elephant. Post mortem was conducted by the veterinary surgeons and organs were sent to Thiruvanathapuram for further examinations.