Netizens praise loco pilots for stopping train to let elephants cross tracks in North Bengal

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Social media showered praises on the loco pilots for their timely response to the situation, allowing safe passage for the elephants.

The internet is showering praises on two loco pilots after a video of them unexpectedly stopping a train to allow a wild elephant and her calf to cross the tracks went viral. The incident, captured on camera, took place in North Bengal. The official Twitter handle of the Alipurduar Division of Northeast Frontier Railway uploaded the video clip.

When loco pilot SC Sarkar and the assistant loco pilot T Kumar spotted the elephants from a distance, they immediately slowed the train sown and then halted it, to allow the animals to cross the road safely.

People on social media showered praises on the loco pilots for their presence of mind and timely response to the situation, allowing safe passage for the elephants.

Wildlife Trust India retweeted the video with the caption “Wonderful to see what alert and sensitized loco pilots can do to #saveelephants. #RightOfPassage in North Bengal.” 

“Glad to see someone following wildlife rules while going through a forest area,” wrote one social media user.

Another wrote, “Kudos to both loco pilots”.

In the past, negligence on the part of loco pilots has caused several deaths of elephants on the Alipurduar elephant corridor, with elephants being git by trains or getting caught in electric fences.

To prevent such deaths in the northern part of the state, the Bengal government last year launched a campaign to sensitize people on the need to protect elephants. The campaign was launched in Alipurduar, Jalpaiguri and Darjeeling districts.

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