KANNUR: Protest is mounting among the adivasi community in Aralam, after a 45-year-old tribal woman was trampled to death by a wild elephant on Sunday.
The activists of Adivasi Kshema Samithi(AKS), who held a protest on Monday, stormed into the chamber of the district collector P Balakiran following which he held a meeting with the representatives of AKS. Later, he visited Aralam to study the issue and resolve the problem. According to the tribal activists, there are not enough watchers in the area and also the wall to prevent the elephants from entering the inhabited areas is incomplete. "Though the work of the wall had begun during the time of the previous government, it is not yet complete and also there are few warders here in the five blocks where the elephant menace is huge," said K Chemmaran, district president of AKS. After visiting the place, the collector said that he has given strict instruction to the officials concerned to make sure that the tribals are provided houses instead of sheds.
"When they dwell in sheds made of plastic sheets, the danger is high and hence we will give high priority to their housing projects," he said. "Also in most of the interior areas of the resettlement areas, there is no electricity and we are exploring the possibility of providing non-conventional energy like solar energy." He also said the vicinity where the tribals are residing will be cleared to create open areas around to prevent the elephants from entering there. He also said steps will be taken to speed up the construction of the boundary walls.
He also said the victim's family was given Rs 3 lakh as compensation immediately and Rs 10,000 has been given as interim relief.