Chennai: An adult male blackbuck was injured on the IIT-Madras campus on Saturday, after being hit by a two-wheeler. No case has been registered and the deer is recovering well, said the forest department officials.
“We have sought a report from the institute’s administrative department. Since there was no intention or violation of speed limit, we have not filed any case,” said an official.
Vehicle movement on the campus increased due to the convocation last week. That, officials said, could have led to stress in animals. “However, since this was an accident, and the rider was also injured badly, we didn’t pursue the matter. The animal is recovering well. Within a week, it will be released on the campus again,” said the official.
The campus has CCTV cameras everywhere and it is well monitored by the forest department. Activists, however, suggested that there should be an inquiry into the incident. Shruthi Vinod, an activist and member of the Animal Welfare Board of India, stated that the IIT-M authorities should take measures to reduce vehicle movement. “They should use shuttle services for people to move on the campus to avoid such accidents,” she said.