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Elephant turns restive in Tripunithura

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The elephant entered a nearby river and remained there for hours.


KOCHI: An elephant became restive in Tripunithura on Saturday but was brought under control before any damage was done.

Ravipuram Govindan turned restive on its way from the morning puja at Sree Poornathreyesa Temple in Tripunithura and entered the Chitrapuzha river nearby around 6.30 a.m.

The police and the Fire and Rescue Services personnel rushed to the spot immediately. The elephant kept swimming in the river till around 10.30 a.m., and the police had a hard time controlling the crowd that gathered. The elephant was finally made to climb out of the river at the Gandharva temple Ghat at Champakkara and chained at the Oottupura grounds. The elephant, which belongs to the Cochin Devaswom Board, had, in 2002, killed its mahout while in musth at Shenoy's Junction in Kochi. Another elephant, Sreehari, of the Poornathrayesa Seva Sanghom was brought in to complete the rituals.

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