TN forest officials maintain close vigil on movements of Arikomban

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Kambam: Tamil Nadu Forest Department has been maintaining a close vigil on the movements of the wild tusker Arikomban. The plan is to tranquilise wild tusker Arikomban if the tusker returns to human settlements.

A special task force from Mudumalai has been leading the mission. They are also accompanied by tribal community members having expertise in capturing elephants.

As per the latest report, the wild tusker was last seen disappearing into the forest near the Shanmuganathi Dam.

A team of veterinarians, led by Dr Rajesh, and 16 other experienced personnel have been monitoring the movement of the pachyderm, and efforts are on to "safely" direct it into the forest area. Meanwhile, the tribal community members have entered the forest to track the elephant.

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M K Stalin said the Forest Department had taken all efforts to capture Arikomban after it strayed into the state from neighbouring Kerala last week and allegedly attacked a man in Theni who later died.

The CM also condoled the death of 56-year-old Paulraj, who died on Tuesday, days after getting attacked by the elephant. Stalin also announced Rs 5 lakh relief to the family of the victim.

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