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Nov 28 2016 (07:08)  Elephant run over by train at Kanjikode (
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A wild elephant was run over by a train at Attupathi near Kanjikode around 7 a.m. on Sunday.
This was the fourth wild elephant to die after being knocked down by speeding trains since January. According to sources, in spite of the speed restriction to avert incidents of wild animals getting killed by trains operated between Palakkad and Coimbatore, as many as 24 elephants have been knocked down by speeding trains in this stretch in the past two decades.
B-line track
incident happened on the B-line track that passes through the thick forests of the Walayar-Madukkarai region. The tusker was knocked down by the Palakkad-Trichy Passenger. The location, which forms part of Madukkarai forests, was about 8 km from Kanjikode railway station. The elephant, estimated to be 10 years old, died on the spot. Forest Department officials from Palakkad reached the spot and removed the carcass. A case was registered against the loco pilot of the train under the Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972. Officials said the accident occurred despite the Forest Department deploying watchers to monitor elephant movements on railway track and warn loco pilots.
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