Stalin orders to capture Arikomban, activists to approach SC; trunk injured while damaging vehicles

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Theni: Tamil Nadu chief minister MK Stalin ordered the capture of the rogue wild elephant Arikomban without causing inconvenience to the public. All departments have been urged to cooperate in this mission. Currently, efforts are underway to immobilise Arikomban using tranquillisers, and an official order to this effect has been issued.

The elephant entered Cumbum town on Saturday. It damaged several vehicles. Several people were injured in the commotion.

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Once the report from Cumbum is received, the mission to capture Arikomban will be set in motion. The forest department has dispatched three trained Kumkis from Muthumala and Anamala for this purpose.

It has been confirmed that Arikomban sustained an injury to its trunk. It is assumed that it was injured while damaging vehicles.

Tamil Nadu captures rogue wild elephants and transforms them into kumkis. However, a decision will be made regarding Arikomban's fate during the upcoming meeting.

The Kerala forest department is also monitoring the situation, particularly regarding the potential entry of Arikomban into Kerala's border. Discussions will take place regarding the appropriate course of action if Tamil Nadu intends to introduce the rogue elephant into an interior forest. Kerala may request that such action be avoided in forests adjacent to its borders.

People from various locations have gathered at Cumbum to see Arikomban. This presence of onlookers poses a challenge in effectively subduing the rogue elephant which is currently at Pulimarathottam.

Meanwhile, animal rights activists oppose any action taken against Arikomban. They argue that it would be illegal to capture the elephant as the Kerala high court has issued a stay. They are prepared to approach the Supreme Court to contest such measures. Tamil Nadu will proceed with its actions against Arikomban in compliance with the Chennai High Court and Supreme Court orders.

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