Elephants create terror in villages near Thadagam
Raid farms, damage crops; farmers upset with forest staff for not taking action
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.