KOZHIKODE: Fear gripped Panamaram region in Wayanad after a man was killed in a wild elephant attack on Tuesday morning. The deceased has been identified as KT Raghavan (70) hailing from Kappumchal. The animal trampled him after he fell on the road 300m away from his house while returning home after supplying milk at 7 am.
A profusely bleeding Raghavan could be not saved by residents as the jumbo did not leave his side. He was pronounced dead on arrival at Mananthavady district hospital.
The forest department deployed rapid response team personnel along with two trained kumki elephants – Neelakandan and Pramugha – from Muthanga elephant camp to drive the elephant back to the forest at around 1 pm.
The team began the operation late afternoon and was able to drive back the elephant to the forest under the Pathiri reserve in North Wayanad forest division around 7 pm. However, five forest officials were injured in the melee. The animal destroyed part of an Anganwadi building on its way back to the forest.
Meanwhile, enraged residents blocked Panamaram- Mananthavady road demanding protection from wild animal attacks and compensation for the family of the deceased. They called off the blockade after receiving assurances that Rs 10 lakh would be paid as compensation and solar fences would be installed to curb the entry of wild animals. The decision was taken during the talks held with O R Kelu, MLA and Wayanad sub-collector N S K Umesh.
Also, the revenue department has imposed prohibitory orders under section 144 in the area. Two of the injured staff were admitted to Mananthavady district hospital and one to a hospital in Kozhikode.