Assam: NFR orders probe after jumbo knocked down by train
Guwahati: Hours after a male elephant died after it was hit by a freight train, travelling from Guwahati to Delhi, in Assam’s Kamrup district in the early hours of Thursday, the northeast Frontier Railway (NFR) has decided to conduct a detailed enquiry of the incident.
The NFR has imposed caution during train movement and reassessment of notified elephant corridors are also being taken in coordination with Forest department.
In an official statement, NFR chief public relations officer (CPRO) Guneet Kaur said, “The area where the incident occurred is not a forest declared elephant corridor. No information from forest officials or villagers on the movement of the elephant in the area was received by the nodal railway officials.”
As per the railway authority, the incident occurred at K.M. 153/8-9 at about 02:48 hours between Azara and Mirza stations under Rangiya division of NFR. The driver of the goods train reported side collision by an elephant with the train engine while on run at about 02:55 hours. After getting dashed, elephant fell down on track.
According to forest department the area is an elephant movement zone. Elephants from the Rani Reserve Forest often cross the tracks.
“Patrolling is carried out normally. However, due to the bad weather and rain in the early hours of Thursday, the jumbo went undetected,” forest department sources said.