| Elephants Killed in
21st June, 2004
A female elephant
and two calfs were killed early this morning after a
goods train rammed into a herd of elephants 15 to 20
km from Dispur, the
capital of the North Eastern state of Assam. The accident
happened near the suburb of Azara, not far from the
There have been earlier problems on this train route
when a wild herd abandoned a young elephant calf because
of disturbance. The calf was later taken into captivity.
Accidents that resulted in the deaths of a number of
elephants have also occurred in Upper Assam.
The Wildlife Protection
Society of India (WPSI) believes that this shocking
new incident requires the immediate attention of the
Railway Ministry and Project Elephant, to address the
problem of train lines that cut through elephant corridors.