Staff Reporter

KOCHI: An elephant brought to the festival at the Pattum Tirumala Devaswom Temple, Palluruthy, ran amok on Friday morning, causing tense moments.

The elephant, Sankarankulangara Ayyappan, became disturbed while being taken out for bath at 7.30 a.m., said police sources. The elephant ran towards Mattancherry Palace Road, along Thoppumpady and Panayappally. Even though the road had commuters, the elephant caused no damage, except turning on an autorickshaw parked by the road, and no one was injured in the incident.

With people tailing the animal, it got more panicky and tried to enter Seelathuparambu colony. However, the animal got stuck at the low gate at the entrance.

The animal was tranquillized by veterinary doctor and tethered with the help of the local people at a nearby compound by 10.30 a.m. The police team led by Sunil Jacob, Assistant Commissioner, Mattancherry, and K. Laljy, circle inspector, was in position to control the situation.

Meanwhile, the Elephant Lovers’ Forum, in a press release, alleged that the elephant that ran amok was partly blind and had suffered injuries on its legs.

The elephant was transported from Thrissur to Ernakulam on Thursday and it was taken to Thuravoor after the incident on Friday. The forum said the movement of the elephant was in violation of the clauses included in the Wildlife Protection Act.

The forum said it had urged the Chief Minister to seek an explanation from the District Collectors of Ernakulam, Thrissur and Alappuzha on the incident.

It also requested the Chief Minister to direct the Chief Wildlife Warden to furnish a detailed report about the incident.