Three trained and tamed kumki elephants of the Tamil Nadu Forest Department camp at Kozhikamudhi in Anaimalai Tiger Reserve (ATR)

PALAKKAD: The rail track passing through forest areas in different parts of the country, including Walayar on the Kerala-Tamil Nadu border, have become a death trap for the wildlife, particularly elephants.

Though a hue and cry is raised every time a tragedy strikes, the deaths of a large number of wild elephants in Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Assam and West Bengal remain a burning issue.

Which Front will get the benefit of the sand mining and related works being done at the Malampuzha, Chulliyar and Walayar dams in Palakkad district during the elections to the local bodies?

In general, the answer will be the LDF or the UDF. Whoever wins, the real winners will be the hundreds of workers at the dam site.