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Tamil Nadu: Three elephants die after colliding with train, case registered against two loco pilots

Southern Railway said that they are cooperating with the Forest Department, the investigation is currently underway. There is no evidence so far to support the claim of negligence of loco pilots. It is being discussed on the basis of only one possibility.

Three elephants died after colliding with a train

The Tamil Nadu Forest Department has said that a case has been registered against two loco pilots in connection with the death of three elephants from a moving passenger train near the Madikeri range of Coimbatore on Saturday. A case has been registered under Section 9 of the Wildlife Protection Act. On Saturday, the forest department detained two loco pilots – MT Subair from Kozhikode and MC Akhil from Thrissur.

After recording the statements of both the loco pilots, the Forest Department took an undertaking from both that they would be present for questioning. The Forest Department has also sent a team from Coimbatore to Palakkad in Kerala to collect a microchip. This team will collect data on the speed of the train. However, members of the Loco Pilot Association in the neighboring state of Kerala opposed the move.

Tension prevails in both departments

Principal Chief Conservator of Forests and Chief Wildlife Warden Shekhar Kumar Neeraj said, due to the matter, there has been a kind of tension between the two states, the Forest Department and the Railway Department. Neeraj said that a case should be registered as it is mandatory under the Wildlife Protection Act. He also said that we are now pursuing things judicially. Both the departments should work together for short term and long term measures.

Railways said, cooperating with forest department

In response to a tweet, Southern Railway said that they are cooperating with the Forest Department. The investigation is ongoing at present. There is no evidence so far to support the claim of negligence of loco pilots. It is being discussed on the basis of only one possibility. The post-mortem conducted on Saturday revealed that an elephant was also pregnant. On Friday night, a speeding train going from Mangalore to Chennai rammed three elephants near the A line between Walayar and Ettimadai. There were one male and two female elephants in it. All three died after the accident.

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