Forest department officials said the group from Lithuania, Northeastern Europe started their trek from the rear entrance of Ramana Ashram around 4 am. On information, forest department officials stopped and brought them to the forest office. During inquiry, officials asked them why they went to the prohibited areas though there were caution boards clearly mentioning the restriction at many points. To this, the trekkers replied that they missed the boards as the lights on the head gears were focused on the ground. Though officials were not fully convinced with the reply, they let the group off with a warning.