The tents in Elambileri where the tragedy occurred | Photo: Mathrubhumi
Meppadi (Wayanad): Strict action has been taken in connection with the incident in which a woman was trampled to death by a wild elephant while staying in a resort at Elambileri here. Temporary stop memo was served to all resort owners in Meppadi panchayat.
The licenses of all resorts will be examined. Only those which have licenses will be given permit after inspection. All others will be asked to close down, the panchayat authorities informed.
The resort at Elambileri where the woman was attacked by the elephant did not have any license. It was found out in a probe that most of the resorts in the panchayat were functioning without license. Only those resorts which produce all legal documents will be given permit, said panchayat president Omana Suresh.
Kannur Cheleri native Shahana, a teacher, was killed in elephant attack on Saturday night. She and her friends were staying in a tent at the resort. When she came outside the tent at night, the elephant attacked her. Though others managed to run away, Shahana was trampled by the elephant.
Later, it was found out that the tents close to the forest borders were functioning without permission. The tourists were allowed to stay in the tents without any safety measures. The river bank where the tents were built is a place frequently visited by wild elephants.