Lakshmi, a 39-year-old elephant is the cynosure of all eyes at Sharkarpur police station here, where she is currently lodged after being rescued from her caretaker who had allegedly kept her hidden, for over two months, to prevent forest officials from taking her away.
On Tuesday night police traced and rescued Laxmi from near east Delhi's Akshardham temple and also arrested mahout Saddam on charges of fleeing with the jumbo on July 6.
Two months ago, an FIR was filed when Laxmi went missing after the caretaker allegedly spirited her away. For now, the policemen at the station are taking care of her.
"We received a complaint on July 6 regarding the missing elephant. We have recovered him last night and arrested the mahout. The owner too will be arrested soon. We had informed the forest officials during the night. We will soon shift her from the police station," said Jasmeet Singh, DCP East Delhi.
Laxmi is Delhi's last elephant, who was supposed to be sent by forest department officials to a rehabilitation centre. This was in accordance with a Delhi High Court order which stated that elephants in Delhi should be kept away from human habitation as it does not provide a natural habitat for these mals.
Shabana, the owner of the elephant told : "We have been taming this elephant ever since she was a calf. We used to take care of her. I do not know why they have kept the elephant in the police station. This is against the rules and regulation of the forest department."
( With inputs from ANI )