A man in Bihar has willed away half of his property to two elephants after one of them foiled an attempt on his life by a criminal who threatened him with a pistol. Akhtar Imam, chief manager of the Asian Elephant Rehabilitation and Wildlife Animal Trust (AERAWAT), said he has been with the elephants since the age of 12.
“Once the elephants saved me from a murder attempt. In another incident when miscreants entered my house armed with pistols they started trumpeting,” he said, He said the two elephants – Moti and Rani – are like family for him and he cannot live without them.
However, he claims that his family may harm him after he transferred his land to his two elephants. Imam is estranged from his wife and sons for over a decade over some family dispute and he had a case filed against him by his son. The case was dismissed after the charges were found to be wrong. He also said that his son Meraj had tried to sell the elephant to smugglers but was fortunately caught.
Imam says he has willed half of his property to his wife and his share of property worth ₹5 crore to elephants with the condition that if the jumbos die then the money would go to AERAWAT organisation.