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    The Wild Life (Protection) Act, 1972 was enacted for protection of plants and animal species in India, in order to ensure environmental and ecological security. Among other things, the Act lays down restrictions on hunting many animal species.

    India's Tamil Nadu state forest department has arrested three people for causing grievous injuries to an elephant in Tirupur district.

    According to the district forest officials, the accused were physically harassing the elephant, which was roaming near the Thirumoorthy dam settlement area. 

    A video of the incident has emerged on social media, showing the young locals hitting the animal with a stick. 

    ​The accused have been booked under relevant sections of the Wild Life (Protection) Act, according to local police.

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