According to forest officials, the elephant was electrocuted when it tried to enter a corn field in Muthiyanur village. The village is situated adjacent to the Sathyamangalam Tiger Reserve.
“The owners of the field installed an electric fence. They did not obtain permission from the concerned officials to set up the electric fence across the field,” they said.
The land owners were identified as S Maadevan, 48, and his brother, S Gurusamy, 45.
“When we tried to nab the duo, they managed to escape. We have registered a case against them and launched a search for them,” the officials said.