Coimbatore: Translocated wild elephant Chinnathambi entered the railway station near Udumalpet on Saturday and the helpless Forest department personnel are planning to capture the elephant for making it as a ‘captive kumki elephant’.
The so-called problematic wild elephant was recently tranquilized and relocated from Thadagam valley of Coimbatore and was released inside the dense forest of Anamalai Tiger reserve.
The elephant again entered human habitat near Anamalai in the early hours Friday after walking the entire 100-km stretch from Varagaliyaru; however the elephant did not charge any public while walking along the roads.
On receiving information from the members of public around 60 Forests department staffs rushed to the spot and were involved in driving the elephant back into the forest.
But the elephant moved towards Udumlapet, crossing many villages without hurting anyone.
On its way, the elephant entered Myvadi railway station triggering panic among the commuters. However, it remained calm without charging anyone.
After few minutes it moved to an abandoned area covered with Juliflora trees and remained there.
A Forest department official told the DC, “we have received oral instructions from the department minister concerned asking us to capture the elephant and keep it in captive for it to undergo training to become a ‘kumki’ in Topslip area....