Wild elephant electrocuted in Kodagu, fourth unnatural death of jumbo in
district this month
The New Indian Express
July 29, 2021
A male elephant aged around 38 was electrocuted in a village farmland in
Kodagu after the installation of an illegal electric line. The elephant is
suspected to have migrated from Atturu Reserve Forest area in Kushalnagar.
This is the fourth unnatural death of an elephant reported in the district
Chandru, a resident of Hosakadu, is said to have installed an electric
fence across his ginger and arecanut farmland to protect the crops from
wild animals. However, the electric fence was installed with an illegal
connection from a private house nearby. Further, this electric line
installation is against the state Electricity Act.
Late on Wednesday night, the lone tusker, which is suspected to have been
in musth, treaded out from the Atturu Reserve Forest area into
Hosakadu-Basavanahalli village limits. However, when the elephant tried
crossing the farmland owned by Chandru, it was electrocuted.
The forest department was alerted and the spot was visited by ACF Nehru,
RFO Ananya Kumar, along with Kushalnagar Rural police, CESC officials and
others. “Since the elephant was killed with an illegal electric fence, the
case has been handed over to the police. The spot was visited by an expert
CESC engineer from Hassan to investigate the matter. The accused will be
booked by the police under IPC sections along with Electricity Act and
Wildlife Protection Act,” confirmed Ananya.
The post mortem of the elephant was conducted by veterinary doctor Dr
Chettiappa. The nearly 1.3 metre long tusks were removed from the carcass
and the elephant was laid to rest in the nearby forest area. Investigations
into the case by Kushalnagar Rural Police are on.