You are here: Home » Current Affairs » News » Et cetera
Business Standard

K'taka elections: Jumbos give poll officers the jitters

Elephant attacks are a cause of worry both for the poll officers and the voters

Press Trust Of India  |  Chennai/ Bangalore 

Sixty-eight of the 75 polling booths on the borders of Sakleshpur forests are giving poll officers the jitters and have been categorised as hypersensitive - all due to the jumbo menace. Poll officers fear being posted in booths in the area for the May 5 Assembly polls due to the elephant trouble.

Sripad Kulkarni (name changed), a lecturer in a pre-university college in Hassan has heard several stories about encounters with rampaging elephants. He is so scared of the pachyderms that he has decided to opt out of poll duty in any remote area.

"If I am posted in any remote area, I will not go. I will feign illness. The locals in the area know how to tackle angry elephants, we are city dwellers. By the time we even react, we will be dead," he said. According to Deputy Conservator of Forests, Hassan, Lakshman, in the past one year three persons were trampled by elephants, two in Yaslur forest range in Sakleshpur taluk and one in Sakleshpur itself.

Now with Election Commission vigorously campaigning to increase voter percentage and penetrating deep into remote areas, elephant attacks are a cause of worry both for the poll officers and the voters. There are around 75 polling booths in the elephant infested zone comprising part of Alur, Arkalgud and Sakleshpur taluks, of which 68 have been categorised as hypersensitive but on a different yardstick---their vulnerability from elephant attacks.

Forest department staff will escort vehicles carrying poll staff to these 68 booths. Eight of these booths will be manned 24x7 for two days by the forest staff. Principal chief conservator of forests BK Sigh said, "Elephant watchers, foresters and other staff will keep a close watch to ensure that no elephant attacks take place."

Dear Reader,


Business Standard has always strived hard to provide up-to-date information and commentary on developments that are of interest to you and have wider political and economic implications for the country and the world. Your encouragement and constant feedback on how to improve our offering have only made our resolve and commitment to these ideals stronger. Even during these difficult times arising out of Covid-19, we continue to remain committed to keeping you informed and updated with credible news, authoritative views and incisive commentary on topical issues of relevance.
We, however, have a request.

As we battle the economic impact of the pandemic, we need your support even more, so that we can continue to offer you more quality content. Our subscription model has seen an encouraging response from many of you, who have subscribed to our online content. More subscription to our online content can only help us achieve the goals of offering you even better and more relevant content. We believe in free, fair and credible journalism. Your support through more subscriptions can help us practise the journalism to which we are committed.

Support quality journalism and subscribe to Business Standard.

Digital Editor

First Published: Wed, April 24 2013. 20:09 IST
RECOMMENDED FOR YOU
.