Last year, in the month of April, the Arikomban mission, which was discussed in the national media, took place. A wild elephant called Arikompan, which was causing constant problems in the populated area of Idukki’s Chinnakanal, was captured by the Kerala Forest Department after a lot of efforts. The mission was successfully completed with the help of Kunkianas. Then, the satellite-collared elephant was taken in an elephant ambulance and shifted to the Periyar Tiger Sanctuary.
But after a gap of two months, Arikomban returned to the inhabited area in June. Komban reached Kampa in Tamil Nadu after crossing the Periyar Tiger Sanctuary. People were panicked by this. There was an incident where a person got injured after being scared of an elephant. Then the way was paved for another rice branch mission. The Tamil Nadu Forest Department, which captured the elephant by drugging it, released it in the Upper Kothayar forest area. Later, Arikomban came under the surveillance of Tamil Nadu as well.
Where is the corn now?
‘Where is Arikomban now?’, Mathrubhumi News reported that the Kerala High Court asked this the other day. A question about rice tusks arose from the court when it was considering the matter related to the beating of an elephant by the priests in Guruvayur Anakota. The court also asked about the health condition of the elephant and whether the signal is being received from the radio collar.
In response to the High Court’s query, the forest department said that it was getting a signal from Arikompan. The forest department has informed the court that only one or two signals are received a day and that there is an elephant in the Upper Kothayar area. The forest department has informed the court that the elephant does not go beyond three kilometers and there is a residential area beyond seven kilometers where the elephant is stationed.