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Elephant dies after getting electrocuted

 M Post Bureau |  2016-02-16 00:37:41.0  |  Kolkata

A full grown elephant was found dead at Durmari area under Moraghat range in Dhupguri on Monday morning.

Locals spotted the elephant which was lying dead inside a potato field. After being informed state forest department officials reached the spot. According to the preliminary investigation they suspect that the tusker might have died after being electrocuted. Another elephant also died at Nagrakata on Sunday.

A senior forest department official said that the potato field owner had fenced the field with a wire that was carrying electricity. A case has been started against the field owner. The accused has been absconding since the incident took place. 

It has become a growing cause of concern for the forest department officials with the wild tuskers frequently entering the villages. 

Many people had died in North Bengal in last few months when elephants went on rampages damaging property in various areas. A wild elephant had caused extensive damage in Siliguri a few days ago. 

The state forest department has proposed to install radio collars to track the animals. The state has talked to the Centre and is chalking out various plans to prevent elephant death. The railway ministry was urged to reduce the speed of the trains in New Jalpaiguri. 

The Railways have decided to illumine the railway tracks in the Dooars area to prevent elephants from being hit by trains.

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