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Prisoner's Dilemma

A rogue elephant is at the centre of a jumbo-sized controversy

Prisoner's Dilemma
Prisoner's Dilemma
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This conundrum would give the UN sleepless nights. The prisoner is a hardened murderer whose rampages have terrorised two states. Even as his guards attempt to return him to civilisation, an observer accuses them of maltreating their captive.

It ’s a problem of, well, elephantine dimensions. Imprisoned in the heart of the Nilgiri woods is a 40 - year-old jumbo whose genes a re programmed Attila-fashion, settings permanently on "pillage and destroy". This makhna (a bull elephant without tusks) is a natural rogue. He’s plundered crops in search of a snack, bulldozed farms at dinnertime, and mowed down all obstacles that come in the way of a meal—including rifle-wielding farmers and forest guards. His appetite for destruction has killed at least a dozen people along the Tamil Nadu-Kerala border.

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