Translocate Arikomban to Parambikulam, orders Kerala HC

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Arikomban, Kerala High Court | Photo: Mathrubhumi

Kochi: The Kerala High Court ordered to translocate ‘Arikomban’, from Chinnakanal region in Idukki to Parambikulam. The wild jumbo was posing threat to the lives of residents in the area for a long time.

The court pronounced the order by approving the report submitted by a five-member committee appointed to study the necessity of Mission Arikomban under the forest department.

The high court granted permission to initiate proceedings to shift the tusker from Chinnakanal and observed that the team of forest department under chief veterinary surgeon Dr Arun Zachariya can fix the time for capturing the elephant.

As per the report of the expert committee, the elephant will be let free at the Muthumarachal Oru Komban region in Parambikulam.

The court had enquired Dr Arun Zachariya if there would be any issue in translocating Arikomban as the elephant is currently going through its musth period. However, the veterinary surgeon informed the court that the elephant can be safely shifted with caution.

The Kerala High Court also ordered to deploy task forces in those regions in the state, where the incidents of elephant attacks are recurring. The first task have to be launched in Idukki by including RDO, DFO, representatives of panchayat and district police chief.

The court has directed to formulate a permanent solution for the wild animal attacks in Chinnakanal after consulting with the residents here.

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