A source tells us that Arjun Rampal along with PETA representatives gave Dr. Patangra Kadam who is the Maharashtra State Forest Minister a letter which requested the government official to take action and free Sunder, a 14 year old elephant who has been chained and abused at a local temple. It also requests the minister to relocate Sunder to a sanctuary..Both the Forest minister and the High court of Bombay have ordered Sunder’s transfer. However, the elephant still continues to be chained and mistreated by it’s owners at the Jyotiba Temple, Kohlapur. Arjun made an offer to the temple stating that he would donate a life-size statue of an elephant if they let Sunder to live in a sanctuary.
Rampal wrote, “I am deeply saddened to learn that, despite your and the High Court of Bombay’s orders, the young elephant named Sunder has not yet been moved to a sanctuary where he can live his life free from chains and beatings that he continues to suffer.”
The actor took to Twitter and posted a picture of Sunder’s condition and tweeted, “Chained with spikes Sunder and considering we worship Lord Ganesha, this is how we treat elephants.” He also tweeted, “Sunder suffers to extreme cruelty, is on the verge of madness, as the judicial system sleeps peacefully.”
Apart from Arjun Rampal, Amitabh Bachchan, Madhuri Dixit Nene, R Madhavan, Raveena Tandon and many other celebs took to Twitter to support his case to #FreeSunder. We hope justice prevails and our judicial system doesn’t let Sunder down!