Bagaha (BUG): A tiger was found dead near Bagaha-Chitauni railway tracks of East Central Railway on Thursday morning. Forest officials claimed that the tiger was killed after being hit by a train under Madanpur range of division-II of Valmiki Tiger Reserve (VTR), around 290km northwest of Patna.
Around 6km of the section of the railway tracks passes through Madanpur range, which falls in the western part of the VTR. The section was made operational in 1992 and more than a dozen passenger and goods trains pass through the stretch daily.
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“We were informed about the death of the adult tiger in Madanpur range this morning. The cause behind the death of the tiger is being investigated. We would hold talks with the railway officials based on the findings of the investigation,” said S.S.Chaudhary, the additional principal chief conservator of forests (wildlife).
The last case of animal death after being hit by a train in VTR was reported on March 19, 2013, when a female rhino was killed after being hit by a goods train between Valmikinagar Road and Paniahwa railway stations of Bagaha-Chitauni section.
As far as controlling the speed of trains passing through the stretch is concerned, officials said several letters had been written to the railways requesting to put the speed limit at 50kmph during daytime and 30kmph during the night. But nothing has been done so far.
Reacting to the incident, Samir Kumar Sinha, the manager of Wildlife Trust of India, who has been working in VTR for over a decade, said: “This is a major incident of animal death by a running train. Death of other animals like deer or rhinos has been reported from VTR after every few years but this is the first time in the recent past that a tiger has been killed by a train. One of the reasons behind such incidents is the speed of the trains. Though the speed limit for trains inside VTR was imposed after the incident of death of female rhinos in 2013, it seems that the drivers are not strictly following the rules. Besides, the drivers are also required to honk frequently when the train is running inside the tiger reserve in the night.”?
Officials in East Central Railway denied any information about the incident.