Five trained elephants have come at Renjilady in order to capture the wild elephant responsible for the deaths of two persons on Monday. On-site forest officials and district administration are supervising the operation. DCF Dinesh Y. K. is in charge of the operation.
More than fifty Sullia, Panja, and Subramanya forest department officers, thirty trained mahouts, a team of Kavadigas, and locals are also involved in the operation.
The preparations for Operation Elephant, which aims to capture the wild elephant that claimed two lives early Monday morning, commenced in Kadaba. Five trained elephants are transported from the camps at Nagarahole and Dubare. Abhimanyu, Prashant, Harsha, Kanjan, and Mahendra are excellent elephants at capturing wild elephants. They were transported by truck on Monday evening.
Teams from the forest department are monitoring the presence of wild elephants at specific locations. Moreover, drones are utilised to locate the elephant.
The operation has been initiated by m zonal forest officers N Manjunath, R Girish, and Raghavendra, along with forest department officials and employees. An skilled medical team has arrived from both Nagarahole and Mangaluru.
In the meantime, the local officials have awarded each family of two victims Rs 15 lakh in compensation. They also promised a job for the deceased young woman’s brother.
In spite of their frequent warnings about the elephant menace over the past five years, irate villagers have accused the government of indifference. They claimed that despite many requests to forest and district officials, no action was taken.
Last week, a local kid warned villagers on Facebook about roaming wild elephants and requested authorities to take action. Locals claimed that he had also informed the village council, but nothing had transpired.
The residents also criticised minister for Fisheries and Ports S Angara, who visited the location and the village on Monday night, and questioned the authorities’ incompetence. In response, minister Angara questioned forest officials and cautioned them to take action.