Tusker attacks farmer in Chinnakkanal
March 11, 2023
A wild tusker, locally known as Chakkakompan, attacked a farmer near
Chinnakkanal, Idukki, on Saturday. Thayyil Johny, 45, a resident in
Rajakkad, was on his way to his cardamom plantation at BL Ram near
Chinnakkanal on his two-wheeler around 8 a.m. on Saturday. At 80 Acre,
Johny saw Chakkakompan on the road. According to local people, the tusker
suddenly attacked the two-wheeler, and Johny fell under a culvert and
narrowly escaped the attack. The local people and the Forest department
officials rushed him to a private hospital and chased the tusker to the
On February 28, Chakkakompan had attacked a vehicle at BL Ram.
Radhakrishnan, a driver and a resident of Bodinayakanur, Theni, had
narrowly escaped from the attack then.
To Capture Arikompan
Meanwhile, Forest department sources said Kumki (trained elephants) from
Wayanad would reach Chinnakkanal on Monday to capture another tusker
‘Arikompan’. “The Forest department will train Kumkis before the operation.
Last week, the department felled 128 eucalyptus trees near the Munnar
Central Nursery for making a kraal in which Arikompan will be accommodated
after its planned capture. The felled trees have been shifted to the
Kodanad elephant camp for the kraal to be made. Works are expected to be
completed soon,” said a Forest department source.
“After the kraal is made, a special team led by Chief Forest Veterinary
Surgeon Arun Zachariah will reach Chinnakkanal and tranquilize Arikompan,”
said the official.
Order to Tranquilize
Chief Wildlife Warden Ganga Singh had issued an order on February 21 for
tranquilizing Arikompan. The order said the elephant could be captured and
radio-collared or relocated. The order followed a proposal by the High
Range Circle Chief Conservator of Forest (CCF), Arun R.S.
Local people have been demanding that Chakkakompan and another tusker
Murivalankompan too be captured and shifted to another area.