A toddler was killed and 25 injured in a stampede when a tusker ran amok during the festivities at the famous Koodal Manikkam Temple at Irinjalakuda in the district on Sunday morning.
The police said two-and-half-year-old Yadu Krishnan was killed when panic-stricken people ran for safety after seeing the angry elephant. At least 25 devotees,who were injured,have been admitted to nearby hospitals.
Sunday was the last day of the annual festival and a large number of people had gathered at the temple.
The police said the elephant,Kannan,suddenly ran amok as it was being taken for the festival and waived its tusk,hurting people standing close,including a police sub-inspector. The baby boy,who was with his grandmother,fell down and was killed in the melee.