Thechikkottukavu Ramachandran banned from poorams

Monday 11 February 2019 4:30 AM UTC

THRISSUR Feb 11: Forest department has banned Thechikkottukavu Ramachandran from appearing on poorams and other festivals. Ramchandran, brought for an house warming function ran amok, had killed two elderly people at nearby Kottapady on Friday.

“Thechikottukavu Ramachandran”, the tallest elephant in the state, was standing at the congested compound of the new house overflowing with people, when the animal ran out.

As people ran helter-skelter in panic, two of them were trampled near the house, police said. The house owner was said to be a member of the managing committee of a nearby temple, where the elephant had been brought for a festival later Friday.

He had asked the mahout to bring the elephant to his house for the house warming ceremony.

A case under Indian Penal Code sections — 304(A) (causing death by negligence), 337 (causing hurt by endangering the life or personal safety of others) and 289 (negligent conduct with respect to animals) had been registered against the mahout of the elephant, police said.

The deceased were identified as Babu (66) and Gangadharan (60). Nine others suffered minor bruises and their statements have been recorded, police said.

Thechikkottukavu Ramachandran will face the ban for fifteen days. The forest department has taken the stand that the elephant will be allowed to appear for festivals only after submitting a medical report by experts.

Ramachandran is owned by Thechikkottukavu temple and it has five mahouts.

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