A Tusker hit by a train died near Sakleshpur

A Tusker hit by a train died near Sakleshpur

Agency News

Hassan, Dec 11: A 20 year-old Tusker was killed after it was hit by a train at Kakanamane near Bage in Sakleshpur taluk on late Monday Forest officials said on Tuesday that this is the second such incident in the last seven months. Two baby elephants died near Yedakumari on June 3.

Locals of Kakanamane near Bage in Sakleshpur taluk spotted the elephant lying near the railway track. “The tusker was hit on its back. It had suffered internal hemorrhage, leading to its death,” said DCF Sivaram Babu. The veterinarians conducted the post-mortem and later the carcass was burnt.

More than 40 elephants, separated in three-four herds, have been roaming in Alur and Sakleshpur taluks. Recently, villagers of both the taluks staged a seven-day dharna demanding a permanent solution to end elephant menace. The farmers are worried about damage caused to their crop by the herds, besides threat to human life.

The Forest Department has decided to book an accident case under the Code of Criminal Procedure against the loco-pilot after finding out the train which caused the accident and one more case under the Wildlife Protection Act, 1972. In the previous case too, the department had filed the case against the loco-pilot. “The case is ongoing. We will book another case this time,” the DCF added.

After two baby elephants were killed in June, the Forest Department had talks with Railway officials on how to avoid such incidents. “We suggested Railway officials to ensure trains move at low speed when crossing elephant area. Besides this, we have been sharing the information on the location of elephant herd movement with station masters of the Railway Department,” Mr. Babu said. (UNI)