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Tusker knocked down by goods train in Bengal

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A tusker was killed after being hit by a goods train in West Bengal’s Alipurduar district. The incident occurred at 2.33 a.m. on Sunday between Madarihat and Dalgaon Railway stations when the goods train going from New Jalpaiguri Station to Guwahati hit the elephant.

The carcass was removed from the tracks during the day and buried in the nearby forest.

Senior forest officials said that the accident occurred at a place which falls under the elephant corridor. In the elephant corridor, there is a restriction imposed over the speed of trains.

Earlier in May, another elephant was killed on the tracks in the Dooars region after being hit by train between Madarihat and Hashimara of the same district.

Since 2004, nearly 45 elephants have been killed on the tracks in north Bengal after being hit by the trains. Though the Railways and State Forest authorities have held a number of meetings to prevent these incidents but the deaths of elephants have continued.

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