TIRUPUR: After an elephant at a temple festival ran amok in Tirupur, spreading panic among residents, the city police have clamped down on the use of elephants for festivities. The city police commissioner S.N. Seshasai banned the use of elephants for temple festivals in the city to avert any untoward incidents.
“The use of wild animals including elephant poses danger to public property and humans. The city police will not permit the use of wild animals and elephant for any of programmes and festivals in the city limit,” the commissioner said.
Last week, an elephant Vignesh was hired from Kerala by the Tirupur Ayyappa Temple committee for procession in the city on December 5. However, the procession of Ayyappa deity and priests, turned chaotic in the late night, when the elephant panicked over the bursting of crackers. Suddenly, it turned violent and ran through various roads in the city. The city police and forest officials got into action by alerting the local residents and it was brought under control after many hours of struggle.
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