Incidents of elephants getting killed in train hits are very common in Assam. A few years ago, the then Assam Forest Minister Pramila Rani Brahma had written to NFR authorities for curbs on train speed limits at the elephant corridors but there is no letup in the incidents.
In a heart wrenching accident a female elephant and her one-year-old male calf were killed after being mowed down by a speeding goods train at Lumding in Assam’s Hojai district on Sunday.
The incident took place near Pathorkhola railway station under Lumding Railway Division in Hojai district when the train hit the elephants crossing the track.
The impact of the accident was so fierce that the elephant calf was dragged along for about a kilometre before the train finally came to a halt.
Locals blamed railway authorities for the accident.
Officials of the forest department and Lumding Railway Division immediately rushed to the spot to recover the carcass after receiving information.
Inputs: NE NOW