Panic in Hosur as elephants lay siege to town - The New Indian Express

Panic in Hosur as elephants lay siege to town

Published: 12th May 2013 07:32 AM

Last Updated: 12th May 2013 07:32 AM

The people in Hosur industrial town would not have expected that they would welcome unusual guests on Saturday to their busy town. The uninvited guests are four elephants, three male and one female, from the nearby forest.

The residents woke up to the shock when they spotted four elephants walking freely in Sunnambu Jeebi area around 6 am on Saturday. They raised an alarm and ran helter-skelter. Later, the pachyderms moved along the national highway and entered Ramnagar, the central part of the town.

After going around Ramnagar for some time, the animals treaded towards the veterinary hospital on Old Bangalore Road before moving towards the TNSTC bus depot. The employees at the TNSTC depot took to their heels while the nonchalant jumbos entered the nearby ASTC HUDCO Residential Layout. The panic-stricken residents of the area rushed into their houses and locked themselves indoors.

Subsequently, the pachyderms took a long walk through the key residential areas like Muneewarar Nagar, Moovendar Nagar, and VOC Nagar before straying into the government silk farm on Thally Road.

On information, a team of forest department officials led by District Forest Officer Ulaganathan and fire service personnel rushed to the spot. Ulaganathan said the elephants were camping on the silk farm premises. The department was taking efforts to drive them away from the town smoothly. Since they were in the centre of the town, no drastic steps could be taken as it could disturb the animals that, in turn, could cause damages. Food items like banana and coconut tree branches were supplied to the elephants to prevent them from entering the busy town area.

While there were no reports of injuries or casualties inflicted by the elephant herd, a few compound walls of houses along the narrow streets were damaged. Some people sustained minor injuries while running away from the herd.

According to forest department sources, these elephants were part of a herd of 30 that were moving in Soolagiri area near Hosur a few days ago. When they were chased away, four elephants entered Malur area in Karnataka. For the past few days, they were destroying crops in that area. As they were chased back from Malur by farmers, they entered Hosur through Berigai and Bagalur villages.

In 2007, a leopard had entered Hosur from nearby forest and took shelter in a Shiva Temple on Nethaji Road.

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