13 Tamils killed by wild elephants deployed by Colombo in Batticaloa

[TamilNet, Thursday, 23 January 2014, 23:40 GMT]
Wild elephants that have been brought from the jungles in South to jungles close to Tamil villages in Batticaloa have claimed the lives of 13 Tamils in Batticaloa district since December 2012 to December 2013, Eastern Provincial forest officials said. Seven persons have been handicapped in the assaults by the wild elephants. 12 of the slain victims were men. Many of the families of victims have not been provided compensation. 45 houses have been destroyed partly or fully.

Despite the complaints from the people and their representatives, the forest department officials from Colombo have been bringing wild elephants from Hambantota.

The wild elephants often reach settlement areas and agricultural lands, searching for water, and destroy the properties of the resettled Tamils.

The villagers complain that the elephants are deployed to force them away from their native villages.

Following are the details of victims slain and injured in the assault by the wild elephants within the past year:

K. Kanagasabai, N. Kathirgamathamby and S. Muthulingam were the victims slain in Ma地munai West (Vavu地atheevu) DS division.

S. Sinnavan, J. Thasmil and S. Vinayagamoorthy lost their lives and A. Asservatham has sustained injuries in Ea池aavoorpattu (Chengkaladi) DS division.

S. Saravanamuththu, K. Kanesamoorthy and S. Rasanayagam were killed by wild elephants in Poaratheevup-pattu (Vellaave値i) DS division.

Two persons, S. Ponnthuthurai and K. Yogeswaran, were killed in Ma地muani South West (Paddippazhai) DS division. M. Azhakurasa sustained injuries.

Ms Valliyammai lost her life and two men, V. Rasalingam and K. Pathmanathan sustained injuries in Koa池a値aip-pattu North (Vaakarai) DS division.

K. Raveendrasingam was killed in Ko池a値aip-pattu South (Kiraan) division.

The threat by wild elephants is reported in the following villages in Batticaloa: Chelvaa-puram Colony (38), 7th division, Navakkiri-nakar, Tha値avaayk-kaadu, Thikkoadai, Charava地aiyadi-yoottu and Viveakaanantha-puram in Poaratheevup-pattu (Vellaave値i) DS division; Katchat-kodi, Kevu値iyaa-madu, 40th Mile Post and Thaanthaa-malai in Ma地munai South-West (Paddippazhai) DS division; Unnichchai, Karaveddiyaa池u, Rasathurai-nakar, Nediya-madu, Pancheanai, Ka地diyanaa池u, Kaanthi-nakar, Iru-noo池u-vil, Chippi-madu, Paavat-kodich-cheanai, Ka地地aki-nakar, Maavilang-ka地dadich-cheanai, Ooththu-madu, Katpak-kea地i and Paththaraik-kaddai in Ma地munai-West (Vavu地atheevu) DS division; Eera値ak-ku値am, Periya-pullu-malai, Maanthoaddam, Kochchith-thoaddam and Aththa-va値ak-kaadu surrounding the Kiraan-pul anicut in U池ukaamam in Ea池aavoor-pattu (Chengkaladi).



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