Four wild elephants, including two calves, were killed when a train knocked them down between the Diphu and Doldoli stations in central Assam’s Karbi Anglong district in the early hours of Saturday.
Girindra Nath Adhikari, Divisional Forest Officer, West Division, told The Hindu that the incident occurred when a herd of elephants was crossing the track that cuts through an elephant corridor of the Doldoli reserve forest. Of the two adult elephants, one was female.
Sources in Northeast Frontier Railway said that the driver could not see the elephants because of the fog. On December 22, a male wild elephant was mowed down by a train near Hojai in Nagaon district.
Assam accounts for 37 per cent of the total elephant deaths, followed by West Bengal, Uttarakhand and Jharkhand. After Saturday’s incident, 54 elephants were killed in 36 incidents of train hit in Assam over the past 10 years. The rail track through the Guwahati Forest Division is considered the deadliest: 11 elephants have been killed in this division alone.