Special team on way to dart tusker (Kerala)
March 12, 2023
A 26-member special team of forest officials and four Kumkis will reach
Chinnakkanal on Thursday to capture a wild tusker called ‘Arikompan,’
Forest Minister A. K. Saseendran has said.
Addressing a review meeting at Thekkady on Sunday, Mr. Saseendran said that
the special team is being led by Chief Forest Veterinary Surgeon Arun
“The Forest department will take strong actions to prevent man-animal
conflict issues in Idukki district. The Kraal-making works have already
started and are expected to be completed within four days. The district
administration will impose section 144 in the area during the darting
operation,” said Mr Saseendran.
Mr Saseendran said that the Fire Force, medical team, and police would be
deployed in the Chinnakkanal area. “ The darting operation will coordinate
eight squads led by divisional forest officers (DFO). After capturing
‘Arikompan,’ the forest department will decide on capturing two other
tuskers ‘Chakkakompan’ and ‘Murivalankompan,’ said Mr Saseendaran.
Idukki district collector Sheeba George, Nodal officer Arun R.S., Chief
Conservator of Forests Neethu Lakshmi, and Devikulam range officer P. V.
Vegi among others, attended the meeting.
Chief Wildlife Warden Ganga Singh had issued an order on February 21 for
Meanwhile, a labour canteen staff narrowly escaped the attack by
“Arikompan”. According to local residents, the tusker attacked the canteen
at Panniyar under Santhanpara panchayat on Saturday night around 10 p.m.
The canteen owner Edwin had a narrow escape as he exited through another
door. The workers from the layams chased away the tusker from the area.