Marayur: After days of long efforts by the forest department, the Operation 2.0 was succeeded to hold in captive elephant Chinna Thambi which was affectionately called as ‘Makkal Nayakan’ (people’s hero) by the villagers. The tusker was later brought to the elephant camp at Varakaliyar in Topslip near Pollachi.
The wild elephant has been causing menace to the forest department and the people for the past 16 days. The tusker was made to board the lorry with the help of Kumki elephants Swayambhoo and Khalim.
As Chinna Thambi refused to come out of the sugarcane grove, he was lured by showing jackfruit with the help of four young men of the area with whom the tusker is acquainted with and then given five tranquilizer shots. With this, he stood dozed at the sugarcane grove at Puthoor village in Kannadi.
More than hundred forest department staff had to pull Chinna Thambi with ropes to make him board the lorry. Also the Kumki elephant Swayambhoo shoved it from behind using its tusks.
As there is an interim order from the high court, the elephant was captivated without causing injuries. The efforts to tame the elephant started on Friday at 6 am and they succeeded to tranquilize him by afternoon only.
A wooden cage has been built for Chinna Thambi at the elephant camp at Varakaliyar. He will be released only after obeying 60 instructions of the forest department as part of training it.
If he successfully passed the 60-days long training, he will join the 25 other elephants in the camp. It is upto the high court to decide whether Chinna Thambi should continue at the camp or not.