After BSP rally, town in Maharashtra has a mammoth problem

In a grubby courtroom in Manmad, a major train junction around 90 km from Nashik, a pitched battle is being fought to protect the rights of an elephant. Lakshmi has been in custody since April 14 after the Manmad police registered a complaint against the owner, alleging that he had "whipped and poked' the elephant, troubling and abusing it during a BSP rally to mark Ambedkar Jayanti.