In two different incidents, elephants went on a rampage at Thadagam and Kovaipudur area, damaging a house and trampling to death a cow on Tuesday.
At Koil Pirivu in Thadagam area, around 2 a.m. a wild tusker is said to have ran amuck damaging a house. Residents of the house Sarojini (65) her daughter Sri Devi (36) and her daughter Kavithayini (3) had to lock themselves inside a room.
There were varying versions on the presence of elephants as to whether it was a loner or more than one.
The elephant damaged the grill gate, front door, sun-shade slabs, electrical fittings and windows. The elephant should have been lured by the cattle fed stock kept in the house. The elephant ate a large portion of the cattle before leaving the scene of destruction.
Efforts by the local people and forest staff to chase the elephant faced resistance and the elephant charged at them.
After marathon efforts, the elephant was put back into the corridor towards habitat for nearly two hours.
In another incident near a college in Kovaipudur area, elephants that strayed into human habitations gored a cow to death. District Forest Officer V. Thirunavukkarasu and other officials, who assessed the situation, deployed anti-depredation squad and tribal watchers in more numbers to prevent the pachyderm from straying into human habitations once again.