Karukachal: A captive elephant that became violent while being tethered at a rubber plantation kept the area in the panic mode for three-and-a-half hours. The elephant, Shankarankutty, owned by an Ettumanoor native, went berserk at a plot in Vazhoor's Elangoyikadavu at 5.30pm on Sunday.
The elephant was about to be tethered on the edge of a pond at the plot of Elangoyil Chandrasekhara Pillai when it turned violent.
Initially it refused to listen to mahouts and destroyed plantain trees in the compound. It then tried to trample on rubber trees, after which it entered the adjacent plot. When more people gathered around, the elephant got more hostile. It also damaged two electricity posts, breaking power supply in the area. As night fell, the village was panic struck. Mahouts tried to keep the elephant away from the road.
Police personnel and tranquilising experts were on the spot but couldn't do much since it was dark. By 7.30pm, the elephant squad from Kottayam under Dr Sabu C Isaac fired the first tranquiliser shot with the help of torch light provided by the cops.
Hit by the tranquiliser shot, the elephant went wild and felled a few more rubber trees. It was shot again at 9 pm, which brought down the elephant.
The elephant squad was at its wits' end since it couldn't aim at the elephant in the dark, while the police too had a tough task of controlling a huge crowd that had gathered by then. The cops stopped people on the way itself. The electricity department stopped power supply to avert any untoward incident.