Ele­phants cre­ate ter­ror in vil­lages near Thadagam

Raid farms, dam­age crops; farm­ers upset with for­est staff for not tak­ing ac­tion

The Hindu - - TAMIL NADU - Staff Re­porter

Ten­sion pre­vailed in two vil­lages near Thadagam val­ley on Satur­day as two herds of 15 wild ele­phants sta­tioned them­selves for the en­tire day on agri­cul­tural fields and bar­ren lands.

While some of the ele­phants went back to their habi­tat by evening, a few oth­ers were driven into the for­est by For­est Depart­ment per­son­nel.

Ac­cord­ing to of­fi­cials, a herd of 12 ele­phants was spot­ted at Kalap­panaick­en­palayam in the morn­ing. The an­i­mals raided crops on a maize field. An­other herd of three ele­phants was found on a bar­ren land at Ap­panaick­en­palayam.

Fol­low­ing in­for­ma­tion, For­est Depart­ment staff rushed to the place and pre­vented the pub­lic from go­ing near the an­i­mals.

The staff had a tough time as peo­ple poured in to get a glimpse of the wild ele­phants.

Ac­cord­ing to sources, a tusker that farm­ers wanted the depart­ment to cap­ture and translo­cate was among the an­i­mals that were camp­ing at Kalap­panaick­en­palayam.

Farm­ers from Thadagam val­ley said they planned to step up their ag­i­ta­tion against the fail­ure of the For­est Depart­ment to cap­ture two tuskers that were giv­ing them trou­ble.

Se­nior of­fi­cials had as­sured the farm­ers on De­cem­ber 2 that one of the ele­phants would be translo­cated in seven days.

On a ram­page: The wild ele­phants en­ter­ing a maize field at Kalap­panaick­en­palayam in Coim­bat­ore on Satur­day.

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