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. Hes plundered crops in search of a snack, bulldozed farms at dinnertime, and mowed down all obstacles that come in the way of a mealincluding rifle-wielding farmers and forest guards. His appetite for destruction has killed at least a dozen people along the Tamil Nadu-Kerala border.