Assam Forest dept ‘seize’ railway engine for killing elephants

A railway engine was seized by Assam Forest department from Bamunimaidan Railway Yard in Guwahati “for killing two elephants”.

The loco engine – number 12440 WDG4 – was seized from the possession of senior DME (diesel) New Guwahati, Chandra Mohan Tiwari at Bamunimaidan Railway Yard, diesel loco shed, on October 20 for killing two elephants between Patharkhula and Lamsakhang Railway Station on September 27.

The seizure operation was conducted under the supervision of Nalini Kumar Kalita, forester-1 of Lumding Forest Range, Lumding under Nagaon South Division, Hojai.

The seized loco engine was later given back into the custody of Tiwari in view of the continuity of essential services to the public and others.

In a ‘Zimmanama’, Tiwari agreed to pay Rs 12 crore for any loss and damage of the seized property.

Following the investigation, Mahendra Kumar Yadava, chief wildlife warden of Assam said the incident of killing of one female elephant and her calf by a goods train engine in Lumding RF on September 27 has been very vigorously pursued under the Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972 against the railway authorities.

The department instituted an enquiry under the act and accordingly, a team of forest officials proceeded to Bamunimaidan Loco Shed and seized the Diesel Loco Engine. Earlier, the loco pilot and the assistant loco pilot were suspended by the Railways in an internal enquiry.

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