Arikomban poses threat to kumki elephants in Chinnakanal; officials mull further action

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Kumki elephants, Arikomban

Chinnakanal: On Sunday, a wild tusker named Arikomban approached the kumki elephant camp at Cement Palam three times. Forest department officials and mahouts had to drive away the elephant each time by using firecrackers.

On Saturday, Arikomban also came close to the kumki elephant Konni Surendran. On Sunday, Arikomban attempted to get to the kumki camp twice in the morning and by noon from three different directions. This wild elephant is currently posing a threat to the kumki elephants, mahouts, and forest department officials who are camped in Chinnakanal. The mahouts are staying in a temporary shed built near the kumki camp.

According to officials, if Arikomban approaches the kumki elephants again, they will need to be shifted to a safer location. However, the mission to capture and translocate Arikomban has been halted following a court order on March 29. The Kerala High Court has formed an expert panel to study whether capturing the wild elephant that has reportedly killed seven people and destroyed several buildings is necessary. As a result, further action will only proceed after the committee submits its report.

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