A group of youngsters who were looking for adventure in the jungle tracks of Yercaud had a brush with the law on Saturday. About a dozen youth in four jeeps, who went off-roading in a forest in Yercaud lost their way. They were later rescued by the forest department and may be fined for trespassing into the reserve.
The group consisting of about 12 people, mostly college students from Chennai, Erode and Salem, were members of a jungle terrain jeep drivers’ club, Forest Department officials told Express.
They were on four jeeps and drove towards Gundur, a village on the Southern tip of the Shevaroy Hills on Saturday night. Construction works are going on for a six-kilometre road to the village and it is not motorable yet. All there is a rough trekking path from Gundur to the foot hills. Though the group managed to drive up to Gundur, they lost their way after three kilometres. “They could not drive back through the steep, rough terrain and were stranded there,” a forest official said.
Residents of Thepppakadu and Aruthkaddu hamlets who spotted the group in distress informed the Forest Department.
A team of forest officials led by Shevaroys South Range officer T Sivakumar went to the spot and rescued the group.
On inquiry it was learnt that they were preparing to participate in a rough terrain race. Since they had not obtained permission before entering the forest area, they were booked for trespassing. District forest officer (in-charge) Padma is awaiting a field report to decide on the quantum of fine to be levied on the group.