Another man-animal conflict story was reported in West Bengal when a train engine hit an elephant trying to cross the tracks, critically injuring the animal.
The incident happened on Friday, September 27 in the Jalpaiguri district of the state, reports India Today.
It was a normal day until the engine of the 75741 SGUJ-DBB (Siliguri-Dhubri) Intercity Express between Banarhat and Nagrakata hit an elephant.
Despite putting his best, the loco pilot could only minimize the impact but couldn’t prevent it.
Despite people praying for the poor animal’s recovery, the elephant succumbed after struggling for days and was last seen lying on the railway track on Monday, September 30.
The Banarhat-Nagrakata train route passes through a major elephant corridor often leading to such tragic accidents involving elephants.
This time, a video went viral in which you can see the elephant struggling after being critically hit.
The video shows the impact of the injury on the poor animal while people watch helplessly. In 2004, the Dooars line was converted from metre gauge to broad gauge; a move that saw a sharp increase in elephant deaths.
But despite all the precautionary measures and efforts, such as speed limits and buzzers, trains on the Dooars route have continued to kill elephants.
In the period between 2013 to June 2019, a total of 67 elephants were killed in train-related accidents.