Chennai: Tamil Nadu’s Forestry Department registered a complaint under section 9 of the Wildlife Protection Act against two locomotive drivers who shot dead three elephants while crossing the railroad tracks.
The incident happened at 9 p.m. on Friday and the case was closed on Saturday.
The main locomotive driver and assistant locomotive driver who ran the Mangalore-Chennai Express (12602) on Friday were charged under the Wildlife Act.
Tamil Nadu’s Senior Forest Conservator and Chief Wildlife Custodian Shekar Kumar Niraj told reporters the locomotive pilots were released after recording their statements. He said the two locomotive pilots assured the forestry department that they would cooperate with the investigation.
The forestry department, according to senior officials, is of the opinion that the two locomotive drivers handled the train carelessly because the track where the accident took place was a straight track and the locomotive drivers could easily see the elephants walking. on the side of the Track.
Southern Railway, in response to the forestry department’s decision to file a complaint against the locomotive drivers, said in a tweet: âThe railways are extending their best cooperation to the forestry department. The investigation is ongoing. At this time, there is no evidence to support the claim of negligence on the part of the locomotive drivers. This is only discussed as a possibility.
However, the conservator of the Tamil Nadu forestry department, S. Balasubramanian, told media that the forestry department registered a case after a preliminary investigation.
Members of the Loco Pilots Association and the Southern Railway union assembled a team of five from the Coimbatore Forestry Department in the MEMU hangar in Palakkad.
Veterinarians from the Forestry Department, Dr. A. Sukumar and Dr Rajesh Kumar, performed the autopsies on the three elephants, which included a 25-year-old elephant, a tuskless male elephant (Makna) around 15 years old and a six-year-old calf around 6 years old. age.