Forest department bans Thechikkottukavu Ramachandran from poorams and other festivals


THRISSUR: Forest department has banned Thechikkottukavu Ramachandran from appearing on poorams and other festivals. Ramchandran, brought for an house warming function ran amok, had killed two elderly people at nearby Kottapady on Friday.

"Thechikottukavu Ramachandran", the tallest elephant in the state, was standing at the congested compound of the new house overflowing with people, when the animal ran out. As people ran helter-skelter in panic, two of them were trampled near the house, police said. The house owner was said to be a member of the managing committee of a nearby temple, where the elephant had been brought for a festival later Friday.

Thechikkottukavu Ramachandran will face the ban for fifteen days. The forest department has taken the stand that the elephant will be allowed to appear for festivals only after submitting a medical report by experts. Ramachandran is owned by Thechikkottukavu temple and it has five mahouts.