Two elephants – an adult female and its calf – were killed on the spot after being hit by the speeding Agra Fort Express, which was heading from Lalkuan to Ramnagar in Uttarakhand, on Wednesday. The incident took place in the Peepal Padav forest range of Terai East forest division about half a kilometre from Sidcul Halt railway station. Train services were disrupted for over two hours after other elephants of the herd came on the tracks. Two trains running from Kashipur to Bareilly and Kashipur to Kasganj were cancelled. Later in the afternoon, the forest and security personnel drove the herd back into the dense forest. Divisional forest officer of the Terai Central range, Abhilasha Singh, said the bodies of both the pachyderm were taken away and postmortem will be conducted. “The carcasses will be disposed of as per the norms,” Singh added.
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