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article imageThree more elephants struck and killed by express train in India

By Marcus Hondro     May 30, 2013 in Crime
Express trains in the West Bengal region of India are continuing to kill elephants. Three more died this week when hit by a train, bringing a conservative estimate of the total killed there since 2004 to 42. Another was injured in this latest incident.
All of this killing has caused animal activists in the country to demand express trains lower their speed in these areas. There are 25,000 elephants in India but their numbers are falling off due to poaching, and they need protection.
The railway claims that they do lower their speeds in the 'elephant corridor' and the latest elephant deaths happened outside the corridor. Jayant Sharma, a spokesman for the railway, also blamed the forest department for the killings; he told AP that the department neglected to inform the railway of the movement of elephants in the area where they were struck.
However, the forest department differs in their assessment of the situation. Forest minister Hiten Barman said that these kinds of accidents are on the increase in the area and that the fault lies with the railway for going too fast. Mr. Barman did not hesitate to name what he says was the reason for this week's deaths.
"The train knocked down the elephants due to negligence of the driver," he said.
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