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Apr 19 (13:21) Train mows down two tuskers in Haridwar (

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HARIDWAR: Two male elephants were killed when they were hit by a fast moving express train near Jwalapur in Haridwar, between 4-5 am today.The pachyderms, in the age group between 25 to 30 years age, were hit by Nanda Devi express. This is for the first time that tuskers have been killed in the thick of city, according to top forest officials. Majority of such incidents are witnessed near the Rajaji national park area but this has happened just about 10kms away from Haridwar, in its outskirts near Sitapur railways crossing near Jwalapur.The impact of the accident was so fierce that both the elephants flew upto 15 to 20 meters from the site and fell. Their tusk are completely broken and limbs and other body parts suffered fractured, primafacie."It would have been a major fiasco had the train hit the elephants with more intensity. It had a potential of getting derailed...
or turning turtle in the city and causing major loss to lives. This has happened in a thickly populated are.” said Akash Verma, District Forest Officer, Haridwar.Sharing their daily routine DFO, added, "These elephants came from Shyampur range, they would go to Tirchi Pulia from there to river Ganga and have water and then again get into dense forest as part of their biological urge. Today also, after having water they must have been trying to come back to forest when this incident happened.”DFO said both tusker were ‘biologically attuned’ to that route which is encroached upon by people now.c“There habitat is being encroached upon by human beings while, National Highway Authorities of India are quite slow at doing the work which is one of the reasons behind straying of these animals out of fear.” added Verma. The foresters claimed that both tuckers were in the prime of their youth and everyday would cross that area ‘peacefully’ without causing any damage to anyone.
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