March 4, 2024

The wild elephant referred to as “Arikomban,” which brought on havoc in Cumbum city within the state’s Theni district, is being pursued by the Tamil Nadu Particular process pressure. On Saturday, the elephant went berserk and has been lacking ever since. The elephant has relocated to the perimeters of the forest, and the particular group, which incorporates professionals in darting and veterinary care, is searching for it. The elephant could be darted and moved to a deep forest, based on an announcement made by the Tamil Nadu forest division.

The elephant was transported from the Chinnakanal space within the Idukki area of Kerala on April 29 after the beast killed 11 individuals and destroyed greater than 300 properties and ration outlets. It was then fitted with a radio collar to trace its actions. The elephant made its means via the Periyar Tiger Reserve in Kerala to the area of Tamil Nadu, the place it arrived in Cumbum city on Saturday. The district administration has carried out Part 144 in a number of locations in mild of the circumstances. 

(Arikomban being relocated to the Periyar Tiger Reserve, sourced from The New Indian Specific)

Earlier Makes an attempt to Seize the Elephant

The Forest Minister, M Mathiventhan, said that previous makes an attempt to catch the elephant had been unsuccessful on quite a few events. When the elephant was situated within the first occasion, a YouTuber scared the elephant by trying to make use of a drone to seize its picture. A number of villagers set some crops on hearth when the elephant entered a plantain farm to drive it out. The Minister added that individuals ought to chorus from taking part in such occasions as a result of they stop officers from performing their duties. 

On April 28, greater than 150 officers and 4 ‘Kumki’ elephants (captive tuskers utilized in operations in opposition to rogue elephants) started the newest try to relocate Arikomban. On the night of April 29, authorities had managed to apprehend Arikomban and transport him to an “elephant ambulance”—a truck with two poles of wooden on its rear that allowed them to collar the elephant and use it as a monitoring system. On April 29, the tusker was tranquilized and launched into the Periyar Tiger Reserve Mission’s Mullaikodi RF. Since then, the elephant has been wandering repeatedly throughout Tamil Nadu and Kerala forests. 

The Frantic Frenzy Created by the Wild Tusker

Arikomban has gained notoriety over the previous few months and has brought on dread in some areas of the Idukki district within the adjoining state of Kerala. The title Arikomban, that means “rice tusker,” actually describes the elephant’s love of rice and its frequent raid of ration shops. 

Image of Arikomban with local forest officials, sourced from The New Indian Express
(Picture of Arikomban with native forest officers, sourced from The New Indian Specific)

Whilst movies of the elephant operating round went viral, native authorities issued warnings over the general public tackle system, warning individuals to remain indoors. In distinction, the untamed elephant roamed the streets. Within the city bordering Kerala, terrified locals may very well be seen operating for canopy.

Authorized Opinions on the Matter

There’s disagreement amongst authorized consultants on whether or not the rice-eating tusker Arikomban, which was relocated from Chinnakanal to the Periyar Tiger Reserve, could also be caged even whether it is captured by the Tamil Nadu authorities’s mission group, despite the fact that efforts are being made to seize it.

In accordance with a group of authorized consultants, Tamil Nadu gained’t be capable to cage the elephant due to the Kerala Excessive Courtroom judgment that the Supreme Courtroom upheld. Others, nevertheless, consider that the order won’t apply to Tamil Nadu as a result of the state was not a celebration to the lawsuit.

In opposition to the Kerala Excessive Courtroom’s directive to not cage the tusker, the state administration had filed a petition with the Supreme Courtroom. Though the Excessive Courtroom’s order was primarily based on an knowledgeable committee’s suggestion, the Supreme Courtroom was unwilling to overturn it. Because of this, Tamil Nadu should observe the choice of the Kerala Excessive Courtroom.