Hassan, Karnataka, Apr 16 UNI | 3 months ago

Extra vigil is being made by the Hassan District Administration which identified 17 polling stations as vulnerable to elephant attacks in Alur and Sakaleshpur Constituencies.

Forest Department employees have been deputed for election duty in the wake of elephant menace. 'By and large, the menace has come down after 13 male elephants were captured and shifted.

'However, as a measure to avoid any untoward incident, forest staff will be deployed at all 17 booths.

'They will be armed with guns and crackers that are necessary to drive away elephants,' Deputy Commissioner V Anbukkumar, who is also Returning Officer, told presspersons here yesterday.

Deputy Conservator of Forests Ganesh Bhat has deployed his staff to monitor the movement of wild elephants for the next two days.

Similarly, in places where leopards are spotted often, the Forest Department had deployed two teams with tranquiliser guns and cages besides other essentials necessary during the time of leopard attacks, Mr Anbukkumar said.

(Posted on 16-04-2014)