Arikomban issue: Expert committee to visit Chinnakanal on Sunday

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Arikomban, Kerala High Court | Photo: Mathrubhumi

Idukki: The expert committee constituted by the Kerala High Court to study on capturing ‘Arikomban', a rogue elephant that has been foraging and causing disturbances in Idukki, will visit Chinnakanal on Sunday.

As per reports, the visit is aimed at gathering a clear understanding on the matter of catching Arikomban, which has reportedly killed seven people and destroyed several buildings in the area.

The committee reportedly held talks on Thursday and Friday over shifting the tusker to another forest area after fixing a radio collar on its neck to track its whereabouts. The committee is also considering different forest areas for shifting the pachyderm.

Meanwhile, there are widespread protests taking place in the area against the forest department for not capturing the tusker. The locals alleged that the department is cheating them by claiming to capture Arikomban.

“We will not let them take back the kumki elephants until they capture Arikomban,” locals said.

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