Fully equipped rapid response team enters forest to trap PT 7

Guns and other equipment to tranquilise PT 7, lorry to carry the elephant after tranquilising

Palakkad: A rapid response team has entered the forest on Saturday morning to tranquilise Palakkad Tusker 7 (PT 7) that has been spreading fear in the area for the past four years.

A 25-member team headed by forest chief veterinary officer Dr Arun Sakaria will be able to tranquilise the elephant on Saturday itself if the conditions are favourable. Three kumki elephants brought from Wayanad are also with the team. ‘Pramukha’, a kumki elephant from Dhoni, can also be used by the team.

A 50-member team of forest guards from Palakkad are also at the spot. Forest guards and watchers from Palakkad, Mannarkkad and Nenmara division are in the team.

A meeting headed by Dr Sakaria was held on Friday regarding the process. The meeting was after surveilling the forest and surrounding areas. The team has decided the areas and time suitable for tranquilising the elephant.

PT 7 reached the Bangla Kunnu forest on Tuesday morning. The elephant has not been able to get out of the forest for the past four days. This has proven to be crucial in the mission to tranquilise the elephant. If PT 7 enters the Varakkulam forest, it will be difficult to tranquilise the elephant.

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