Jumbos hold Mysore hostage, leave 1 dead
Mysore , Thursday 9th June 2011
Mysore: The citizens of the Royal City were running helter skelter on Wednesday when two elephants strayed from the Muttati forest and went on a rampage, leaving one person dead and several injured. Three cows perished and many vehicles were damaged before one of the elephants was tranquillised in the morning and the other sedated just before nightfall. Three persons have been hospitalised. Mysore is used to elephants as they are the centrepiece of its famous Dasara festival. So when two elephants were spotted ambling down the road in Bannimantap area around 6am, nobody paid particular attention. Trouble started when one of the elephants got separated from its partner, leading it to go berserk. The 8-year-old tusker ran riot, killing Renuka Prasad, a guard manning an ATM on Narayana Shastry Road, half a kilometer from the Mysore Palace. By now, a mob was chasing and attacking the elephant. It was an hour before the elephant was cornered. Forest guard Akram Pasha shot a couple of tranquilliser darts at it in Saraswathipuram, 4 km from where it was first sighted. The exhausted elephant walked some distance and collapsed near Dhobi Ghat. The other one ran in the opposite direction and got stuck in a cesspool. It was sedated around 5pm __ after ten hours of drama. Four Dasara elephants were deployed for the operation.