Forest dept seizes railway engine for killing elephants

October 21, 2020: In an unprecedented incident, first of its kind incident, a railway engine has been seized by the forest department for killing of two elephants recently.

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October 21, 2020: In an unprecedented incident, first of its kind incident, a railway engine has been seized by the forest department for killing of two elephants recently.

The loco engine number 12440 WDG4 was seized on Monday from the possession of Senior DME Chandra Mohan Tiwari at Bamunimaidan Railway Yard under Wildlife Protection Act, 1972 for killing two elephants at Railway Track between Patharkhula and Lamsakhang Railway Station on September 27.

The seizure operation was conducted under the supervision of Nalini Kumar Kalita, Forester-1 of Lumding Forest Range, Lumding.

The seized loco engine was later given back into the custody of Senior DME in view of the continuity of essential services to the public and others. In a ‘Zimmanama’, Tiwari also agreed to pay Rs 12 crore for any loss and damage of the seized property.

Following the investigation, Chief Wildlife Warden of Assam Mahendra Kumar Yadava said that the sad incident of killing of one female elephant and her calf by a goods train engine in Lumding on the September27 has been very vigorously pursued under the Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972 against the railawy authorities and the Department instituted an enquiry under the Act. Accordingly, a team of forest officials proceeded to Bamunimaidan Loco Shed and seized the Diesel Loco Engine. Already the Loco Pilot and the assistant Loco Pilot have been suspended by the Railways following an internal enquiry.

Meanwhile, environment and forest minister Parimal Suklabaidya said that the Department shall not fail to take toughest stand against the Railways. The killing of elephants on the railway tracks must stop forthwith.

 

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