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5 jumbos killed on tracks in Assam

11 February 2018

The railways authority said that the engine of the train got derailed due to the impact but no passenger was injured.

Guwahati: A barbed wire fence has probably resulted in the death of elephants at Hawaipur railway station under Lumding division on Saturday night.

The NF Railways, in a statement, said based on inputs received from the forest department a speed restriction of 30kmph had been imposed and all trains were instructed to slow down while passing by issuing caution order to the loco pilots. "While prima facie inquiry has revealed that the train was within its stipulated speed, a departmental enquiry has been ordered to find out details about adherence to protocols", the NFR CPRO said.

Meanwhile local forest officials alleged that, the incident happened only because of railway department negligence.

"Five elephants, including three calves, reportedly died due to the impact".

They said the spot between Hawaipur and Lamshakhan stations, some 180 km east of Guwahati, is a notified elephant corridor.

Mr Sharma said 200 imminent train-elephant collisions had been prevented this year alone. "But the train collided with a few baby elephants surrounded by several adult elephants", the NF Railway CPRO said. "But the elephants casualties that have taken place has to be seen in the light of recent spurt of human-animal conflicts", Sharma said.

Earlier on December 10 a year ago, five elephants, including a pregnant female were killed when the Guwahati-Naharlagun Donyi Polo Express hit a herd crossing tracks near Balipara in Sonitpur district. Data provided by the Wildlife Division of Assam's Forest Department say electrocution, train-hit and attack by villagers killed 40 elephants in 2017. Download The for your English and other languages.

5 jumbos killed on tracks in Assam