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Assam Forest Department seizes Railway Engine at Railway Yard in Guwahati

A Loco Engine was seized from the possession of Senior DME/Diesel/New Guwahati, Chandra Mohan Tiwari at Bamunimaidan Railway Yard in Guwahati.

The Diesel loco was seized for killing two Indian elephants on September 27, 2020 midnight.

The seizure operation was conducted under the supervision of Shri Nalini Kumar Kalita, Forester-1 of Lumding Forest Range, Lumding under Nagaon South Division, Hojai on October 20, 2020.

In an agreement, Tiwari also agreed to pay Rs 12 cr for any loss and damage of the seized property.

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Following the investigation, Mahendra Kumar Yadava, IFS, Chief Wildlife Warden of Assam said that the sad incident of killing of one female elephant and her calf by a goods train engine in Lumding RF on the September 27 this year has been very vigorously perused under the Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972 against the railway authorities and the Department instituted an enquiry under the Act.

Reportedly, 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 have been suspended by the Railways in an internal enquiry under the officials.

Meanwhile, the Minister of Environment and Forest, Assam Parimal Suklabaidya stated that the Department shall not fail to take toughest stand against the Railways.

The minister reiterated that killing of elephants on the railway tracks must stop forthwith.

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