Goods train mows down five deer in Jharkhand

Ranchi, Aug 31:Five wild deer were run over by a goods train in the buffer area of the Palamu Tiger Reserve (PTR) in Jharkhand on Monday, officials said.

According to the PTR officials, the five deer, including a pregnant one, were mowed down by a speeding goods train near Kechki railway station. The new-born was also killed in the incident.

Three deer were dragged for 3 km on the track, officials added.

"We had information of passing of a goods train at around 10 a.m. on Monday. We will write to railway authorities for action against the driver of the train", PTR Deputy Director (north division) Kumar Ashish said.

The carcasses of the killed deer were collected and sent for post mortem.

Forest department officials said a high level meeting will be organised with the railway authorities to ensure the safety of animals on railway tracks passing through the reserve


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