Collector, family escape elephant

Staff Reporter

Animal chases vehicle, gives up

ERODE:The Nilgiris Collector, Vijayaraj Kumar, and his wife with their eight-month-old infant had a narrow escape from a rogue elephant on Thursday.

Government function

According to sources, the Collector with his family visited Thengumarahaada and attended a Government function, in which the Tourism Minister, Miller, also participated. (Though Thengumarahaada is situated in Nilgiris district, one has to go via Bhavanisagar to reach the tourist spot.)

Discussion held

After attending the function, the Minister left the place and the Collector, District Revenue Officer and other officials from Udhagamandalam held discussion in the village till evening.

Around 5 p.m., the Collector with his family proceeded to Udhagamandalam in his official car. The DRO, Alagarsamy, followed them in another car.

Forest village

Around 5.45 p.m., the convoy reached Karachikorai forest village within Bhavanisagar Forest Range in Erode district. The driver of the Collector's car noticed a big tusker, suspected to be a rogue elephant, standing on the middle of the road. The driver stopped the car and tried to reverse the vehicle.

Herd crosses road

Then, he saw a herd of elephants crossing the road. The driver switched off the car and waited for half an hour. Around 6.15 p.m., the rogue elephant started moving and the driver drove past the elephant.

On seeing the car going fast, the elephant started chasing it, but stopped after a point.

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