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Jalpaiguri: Locals block track over jumbo deaths, carcasses being removed

Jalpaiguri: Locals blocked tracks in Jalpaiguri town station for about an hour on Thursday to protest the death of six jumbos by a train inside Chapramari forests in the district.

 Jalpaiguri: Locals block track over jumbo deaths, carcasses being removed

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The protesters were demanding that the speed of trains passing through the Chapramari wildlife sanctuary stretch be restricted to 25 - 40 km/hr, police said.

The blockade did not affect much of the train movement and was withdrawn in a hour's time, railway sources said.

Meanwhile, carcasses of six elephants were being removed from the spot, forest officials said.

At least six pachyderms were mowed down by a Guwahati-bound passenger train inside Chapramari forests, around 18 km from the Banarhat police station, last night when a herd of around 40 jumbos was crossing the railway tracks.

On 22 September, 2010, a goods train in Dooars had mowed down seven elephants, about 500 km north of Kolkata. West Bengal forest department officials had filed an FIR against the Railways for their negligence behind the incident.

PTI

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Updated Date: Nov 14, 2013 13:52:59 IST