With the three wild elephants, which had strayed into human settlements in Thrissur-Palakkad districts, being sighted near railway tracks in this village in Palakkad district, railways were excercising caution while running the trains. "Orally instructions have been given to run the trains cautiously", a railway official said. Today two trains were delayed at Mankara station after the elephants were sighted near the tracks. The forest department has been asked to inform the railways as and when the animals are sighted near the tracks following which the speed of the trains would be regulated, he said. "We will also stop the trains to help the elephants pass the area ", he said. The elephants are giving sleepless nights to the people,forest and police officials were trying to chase them back into the forest. The elephants had strayed into the densely populated areas after crossing the national highway, Bharathapuzha river and railway lines in many parts. Wildlife officials and police have been deployed in large numbers in the areas where the animals had been spotted.
Alerts have been issued to the public to confine themselves in their homes and not to assemble in large numbers near the elephants and provoke them. The forest department also sought the help of trained persons to drive the pachyderms back to the forest.
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