An elephant which got trapped in a marshy land after it ran amok during a temple festival at Edakochi on Wednesday midnight, died after struggling for more than 12 hours.
Tusker Ayyapankutty of Sankarankulangara Devaswom in Thrissur, which was brought for the Kannangott Devi Temple festival at Edakochi, died by Thursday afternoon. According to sources, the elephant ran amok around 1 am during the festival and got trapped in marshy land in an industrial area doing fishing activities.
A team from Fire and Rescue Services came to the spot with a crane to rescue the tusker. “The elephant was trapped in the mud and fishing nets in the area. The officials tried to rescue the jumbo by putting a rope around its body. Though the tusker was finally brought out after a long time, it breathed its last around 2.30 pm,” said sources.
Meanwhile, V K Venkitachalam of the Elephant Lovers Association said the elephant, which is about 40 years of age, had run amok during festivals earlier too. “This elephant had earlier killed four people, including three mahouts. It was taken on lease from the Devaswom and used for processions. We have filed a complaint before the Chief Wildlife Warden regarding this,” he said.