Latest: Loco Pilots Halt Train To Allow Wild Elephants To Pass
A video of loco pilots halting a train unexpectedly, midway has won people over. Why, you ask? Because the train was stopped to allow a wild elephant and her calf cross the tracks. The incident, which took place in North Bengal, was captured on camera. The video was uploaded on the official Twitter handle of the Alipurduar Division of Northeast Frontier Railway. The clip shows the loco pilot SC Sarkar and the assistant loco pilot T Kumar spotting the elephants from a distance. They immediately slow the train and eventually halt it, allowing the elephants to make safe passage.
Several people who saw the video were quick to applaud the loco pilots for their presence of mind and timely response to the situation.
#Alert LP Sri S.C.Sarkar & ALP Sri T.Kumar of 03248 Up Capital Exp Spl suddenly noticed one #WildElephant crossing the track with her baby from at KM 162/2-3 betn RVK-APDJ at 16.45 hrs & stopped the train applying Emergency brake. @RailNf@RailMinIndia@wti_org_indiapic.twitter.com/wUqguo4H8V
— DRM APDJ (@drm_apdj) April 7, 2021
The video was retweeted by Wildlife Trust India. Along with the clip, they wrote, “Wonderful to see what alert and sensitized loco pilots can do to #saveelephants. #RightOfPassage in North Bengal.”
— Wildlife Trust India (@wti_org_india) April 8, 2021
One user commented, “Glad to see someone following wildlife rules while going through a forest area.”
Glad to see someone following wildlife rules while going through forest area.
— debasish pallei #savejagannathtemple (@deb_itsme) April 8, 2021
Another wrote, “Kudos to both loco pilots”
Kudos to both loco pilots…????????????????
— Anup K.Sinha (@anupsinha55) April 8, 2021
Take a look at some of the other reactions.
Congratulations .. well done.
— sharmarohitraj (@sharmarohitraj) April 8, 2021
Great job done ????
— Vivek Kulkarni (@seevivekhere) April 8, 2021
Massive Respect for this Man
— Mani (@Maniaggarwal12a) April 8, 2021
Alipurduar, an elephant corridor, has witnessed several deaths of elephants in the past due to human negligence. There have been reports of elephants being hit by trains or being caught in electric fences.
Last year, the Bengal government had launched a campaign to prevent such deaths in the northern part of the state. The campaign, aimed at sensitizing people on the need to protect elephants, was launched in Alipurduar, Jalpaiguri and Darjeeling districts.
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