Bear knocked dead by train on Chanda Fort-Gondia line, Maharashtra

Vijay Pinjarkar
Vijay Pinjarkar
A sloth bear hit by a train in Maharashtra

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Many animals, including tigers, leopards, bears and Indian gaur, have been crushed by speeding trains on the Chandrapur Gondia track. Despite repeated appeals, however, South East Central Railway (SECR) has failed to take any mitigation steps, including reducing speed in critical forest patches.

CHANDRAPUR, MAHARASHTRA: A full-grown sloth bear was knocked dead by a speeding train in Chichpalli forest range during the wee hours of Sunday, August 1, 2021. Officials said that a female bear, aged around three and half years, was crossing the track near railway poll no. 1198/9 in the Mul-Chichpalli stretch of Chanda Fort Gondia railway line, when the accident took place.

The bear suffered multiple fractures in the hip and hind legs and died after creeping a few metres from the track. Dr Kundam Podchelwar, of the Transits Treatment Centre, carried out the post-mortem at Chichpalli forest range and confirmed the train hit as the cause of death. The carcass was incinerated in the presence of witnesses.

Many animals, including tigers, leopards, bears and Indian gaur, have been crushed by speeding trains on the Chandrapur Gondia track. Despite repeated appeals, however, South East Central Railway (SECR) has failed to take any mitigation steps, including reducing speed in critical forest patches.

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