4 elephants hit by speeding train in Odisha, die on spot

Dead elephants in railway crosing

Bhubaneswar: Four wild elephants were killed after a train hit them on a railway track in Odisha's Jharsuguda district on Monday.

"Since it is an elephant corridor we had earlier moved to the Railways and asked them to keep the train on limited speed in that area".

Local villagers first spotted the elephants lying on the railway track and informed the forest officials, forest officials rushed to the spot and removed the bodies from the track. "While forest department appears to be not honest in identifying sections in which elephant movements are frequent, trains continue to move fast through elephant corridors", Biswajit Mohanty, environmentalist and former member of National Board for Wildlife, said.

Biswajit Mohanty, an environmentalist and former member of National Board for Wildlife, has said that forest and railway officials should take the responsibility. Trains including Bokaro-Alleppey Express and Tapaswini Express were halted at Jharsuguda Station.

Statewide bandh observed in AP over special category status
However, the Centre has been assuring the people of Andhra Pradesh that it will do everything to help the cause of Andhra people. Meanwhile, Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu said that bandhs were not welcome as they "hamper development".

He further added that all the four elephants died at the spot. The elephants died on the spot and the engine was damaged.

The incident has raised concern among the forest officials as elephant death due to train accident remains a major threat to pachyderm population in the state despite all measures.

Since April 2010, as many as 15 elephants have been killed after being hit by trains in Odisha, said sources.

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