3 elephants die of poisoning

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KOLKATA: The authorities of tea gardens near the Mahananda Wildlife Sanctuary in north Bengal have been asked by the State’s wildlife authorities to control the spraying of chemical herbicides in the wake of the death of three elephants of poisoning within a span of 24 hours last week.

The elephants, all females, were found dead on July 18 and 19 near the Simulbari tea estate in West Bengal’s Sukna forest range in Darjeeling district.

The wildlife authorities have ordered an inquiry into the incident.

“We are awaiting the forensic report but there is no doubt that the elephants died of poisoning after consuming herbicides,” Sumita Ghatak, Divisional Forest Officer, Wildlife Division I, told The Hindu over telephone from Darjeeling on Tuesday.

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