With a two-year-old female calf elephant getting killed on being hit by a train on Monday, the tragedy striking wild animals in the Walayar forests continues.
During the past two years, nine wild elephants had been so killed. Railways and the Forest Department seem to have taken no effective steps to prevent the tragedy.
When the deaths became frequent and serious in 2009, a joint meeting of the Forest departments of Kerala and Tamil Nadu and Railways decided to dig trenches and erect an electric fencing on either side of the railway tracks.
They have entrusted the Wildlife Trust of India to study the problem and suggest remedies.
S. Guruvayurappan, coordinator of the Wildlife Protection Society of India, in a letter to the Conservator of Forests, Eastern Circle, here on Tuesday demanded that the Forest Department take preventive steps.
The society urged the department to take legal action against the loco-pilot and the Railway authorities for the death of the elephant.
The Forest Department has filed a case against the loco-pilot for killing the elephant under the Wildlife Protection Act.
The Elephant Lovers' Association demanded action against Railways for causing the death.
Though Railways had promised that the speed of trains would be reduced in the forest areas, the death of wild animals continues, V.K. Venkatachalam, secretary of the association, said.