Ahead of Pooram, tusker issue heats up

Ahead of Pooram, tusker issue heats up

Agency News

With District Collector TV Anupama indirectly pointed to the fact that this time administration will is not going to allow not even a single elephant in musth to be paraded for Pooram, things are now black and white.

Though the Collector did not name Thechikkottukavu Ramachandran, her intention is clear. This time, Thechikkottukavu Ramachandran may not enter into the Swaraj round.

The hue and cry over this tusker became louder when Elephant Owners Federation announced that they are not to parade elephants if ban on Thechikkottukavu Ramachandran is not lifted.

The district administration and the Elephant Owners Federation are at loggerheads over the ban on parading of Thechikkottukavu Ramachandran, one of the sought-after elephants in the State for its royal posture.

Protesting against the ban, an emergency meeting of the Elephant Owners Federation here on Wednesday decided not to send elephants for parading for pooram celebrations from Saturday.

Tusker is a killer

The ban had been enforced on Thechikkottu Ramachandran after it killed two persons on February 8. The elephant had so far killed 13 people and three elephants.

The Thrissur-based Heritage Animal Task Force alleged that the elephant was almost blind and had digestion problems. A committee, after examining its health and behaviour, gave a report to the Chief Wildlife Warden against parading the elephant at festivals.

On the basis of the report, the District Collector banned the parading of the elephant at Thrissur Pooram. But Elephant Owners Federation president P. Sasikumar alleged a conspiracy. “There is conspiracy of forest officials behind the ban on Thechikkottukavu Ramachandran to topple the festival,” he said.

In a Facebook post on Tuesday, Forest Minister K. Raju urged the people not to fall prey to malicious campaigns of people with vested interests.

Safety first

Agriculture Minister V.S. Sunil Kumar said the decision of the Elephant Owners Federation was unfortunate. The Guruvayur Devaswom had earlier expressed willingness to send elephants for Thrissur Pooram.

A joint statement by secretaries of the Thiruvambady and Paramekkavu Devaswoms said the decision of the federation not to send elephants for the pooram was unfortunate.