Jaisalmer: Once again in Lathi Dholia area in Jaisalmer district, six griffon schedule-I Vultures died as they were mowed down by a running train. A group of vultures were eating a dead animal lying near the railway track when they were hit by a running train.
In the past 15 days, this is the third Incident and so far 42 vultures have died. In all these incidents carelessness of hangman has come to light as he has not removed the dead animals from the tracks.
The Forest Department is quite concerned over the repeated incidents, but except for writing letters to administration and serving notice to railways, it is not taking any concrete measures.
After Thursday’s incident the forest department is taking advice from the experts for legal action against the railways.
Wildlife lover and union woman and child development minister Maneka Gandhi expressing her concern over the continuous incidents two days ago urged the forest department officers to take effective measures.
Wildlife lover from Dholia area Radhey Shyam Pemani said he got information on Thursday that vultures have been mowed down by a train and upon reaching the spot, found six vultures dead.
Earlier also such incidents have taken place, twice at the same place. He also received call from Gandhi two days ago who expressed her concerns. Submitting a memorandum to district collector, he has requested to take action against the officials who did not care to remove dead animals from the railway tracks.
DFO Khyati Mathur confirming the incident said between railway pillar No. 215 and 217 schedule-I six scarce griffon vultures were mowed down by the train. She said the entire area is being searched and there could be possibility of more bodies. Source : timesofindia