Siliguri: Yet another wild elephant has been mowed dead by a speeding train in Dooars in north Bengal. The latest killing has taken place at Banarhat in Jalpaiguri district.
Forest department sources said that around 10 last night a herd of wild elephants were moving from Reti forest to Daina forest close to the Gorumara National Park. The herd needed to cross over the Siliguri-Alipurduar railway route that passes across the forest.
All the elephants in the herd managed to cross over the railway line safety but a sub-adult female elephant. As the elephant was crossing over, a train sped in and hit it.
The impact was so intense that the train pushed the elephant for about 50 metres before flinging it to a low lying area by the railway track. It died of the injuries a little later.
On getting information about the incident, senior forest officials of the north Bengal wildlife division went to the spot early this morning. Together with railway officials, they conducted a preliminary probe and then ordered a post-mortem of the elephant carcass.
Forest department plans to lodge an FIR against the train driver once they get the post-mortem report.