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Goods Train Runs Over Tiger Cub in Maharashtra's Gondia; Track Goes through Forest Patch

Representative image of a tiger cub. (Reuters)

Representative image of a tiger cub. (Reuters)

The incident took place at 7:30am some two kilometres away from Garada Chowky between Hirdamali and Pandri station on the Gondia-Ballarsha rail route, officials said.

Gondia: An 8-month-old tiger cub was run over by a goods train in Maharashtra's Gondia district on Monday morning, officials said. The incident took place at 7:30am some two kilometres away from Garada Chowky between Hirdamali and Pandri station on the Gondia-Ballarsha rail route, they added.

The track goes through a forest patch and the area sees regular animal movements, an official said. "The train's loco pilot alerted railway officials who then passed on the information to us. A forest team comprising Deputy Conservator of Forest Kulraj Singh, NNTR Field Director Poonam Pate, ACF Rajendra Sadgir, RFO Praveen Sathwane made a site visit," he added.

The carcass was cremated as per NTCA protocol, the official said. Incidentally, two sub adult sloth bears were crushed to death by a train near Gangazari railway station on March 3.

Former wildlife warden Sawan Bahekar said the forest department should build under-passes for safe animal movement.

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first published:March 08, 2021, 23:04 IST