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An adult male elephant was Friday mowed down by
way of a train in West Bengal's Darjeeling district, a
forest official said.
The incident comes a day after a jumbo having its
head chopped off was found also in the exact same
district. The incident happened in Mongpong, on the
fringe of Mahananda Wildlife Sanctuary, once the
Siliguri-Alipurduar Express hit the jumbo.
“The incident happened Friday morning. There is
a need certainly to further restrict the speed limit
of the trains on the Siliguri-Alipurduar stretch.
We are discussing on lowering the speed limit to
below 25 km,” said Chief Wildlife Warden
Since 2004, when the tracks on the 163-km long
Siliguri-Alipurduar route were changed into gauge,
speeding trains have mowed nearly 40 elephants.
Following the spate of mowing down incidents, in
2010 the speed of the trains was on a 50 km.
The railway lines on the stretch move across five
forests-Buxa, Jaldapara, Gorumara, Chapramari and