I am a journalist, working as Balangir correspondent of the English daily "The Pioneer" and “The Industry and Mines Observer”, an English fortnightly magazine published from Bhubneshwar. I was awarded the Trophy for "Excellence in Journalism" by noted Columnist Sri Shivaji Sarkar,in the presence of Editor in Chief -of The Pioneer,Dr Chandan Mitra ,Editor of The Industry and Mines Observer (IMO) Sri Sirish Mohanty on June19,2012.
Friday, June 29, 2012
Rogue driver kills tusker, injures another SATURDAY, 30 JUNE 2012 00:02
It was a tragic sight near Noida’s Mahamaya Flyover on Friday
morning. Two elephants were hit by a speeding truck. One killed, another
injured, the pachyderms were lifted by cranes.
According to a senior police
official, “The tuskers met with an accident when their caretakers were taking
them to Delhi from Dadri. A speeding truck hit them from behind near the
flyover. The truck driver was driving rashly. The animals partially came under
the wheels of the truck. The mahouts were also injured in the accident and were
taken to Noida district hospital for treatment. The driver fled from the spot
leaving the truck behind.”
The caretakers, Saukat and Zaheer,
stay in Dadri, Uttar Pradesh. On Friday morning, they were returning to
Wazirabad in Delhi where they work. A case has been registered at Sector-39
police station against the caretakers of these elephants for their negligence.
They had the licence to keep these animals but did not have the permission to
take them from one State to another.
After the accident, police
immediately called a veterinarian who declared one of the elephants dead. A
team of doctors has been formed to monitor the injured elephant. “The injured
elephant could not move as one of its legs came under the wheels of the truck.
The animal has severe external injury and there is a dislocated fracture in the
hind leg, which will be diagnosed only after an X-ray is conducted. We have
administered painkillers, antibiotics along with first aid to the animal and it
will be under observation for the next 24 hours,” said Dr Preeti.
After struggling for four hours, the
police succeeded in lifting the dead tusker with cranes and finally cleared the
road to ease traffic. Police have registered a case under Wildlife Act and
Indian Penal Codes (IPC) of 279 (rash driving), 429 (mischief by killing or
maiming cattle) and 338 (causing grievous hurt by act endangering life).
Further investigation is on. A team of officials from the wildlife department
was also present at the site of mishap. Commuters said that at present there is
no one to enforce traffic rules on the Expressway. Authorities though maintain
that various safety measures are in place.