They said due to old age, the tiger which could not hunt its prey inside the forest and defend its territory had come to the fringes of the forest to hunt livestock in the villages for survival.
The foresters who were patrolling the area saw the poachers and tried to apprehend them.
Vinayagan was seen in Gudalur and Bandipur several times in the last five years following which he was captured by the Karnataka forest department in June 2023 and taken to the camp.
Forest department officials were also planning to train the tusker to be the next Mysuru Dasara, howdah elephant.
The cabinet-sub committee on Wednesday approved the proposal of the forest department to identify and declare 6 ESZS in six forest patches to reduce man-animal conflict and encroachment.
As they are expected to play a vital role in forest protection, it was decided to take them inside to show why and how they can help in forest conservation.
In the letter issued on August 14, officials of Bandipur have asked Ganesh to appear before the ESZ committee members and give an explanation.
Bandipur Tiger Reserve Director P Ramesh Kumar said they are erecting the rail barricade near EPTs towards the village side.
BTR director P Ramesh Kumar said based on the request from the villagers, a permission was sought from the PCCF (Wildlife) to capture the pachyderm.