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.
#Alert LP Sri S.C.Sarkar & ALP Sri T.Kumar of 03248 Up Capital Exp Spl suddenly noticed one #WildElephant crossing the track with her baby from at KM 162/2-3 betn RVK-APDJ at 16.45 hrs & stopped the train applying Emergency brake. @RailNf @RailMinIndia @wti_org_india pic.twitter.com/wUqguo4H8V
— DRM APDJ (@drm_apdj) April 7, 2021
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.”
— Wildlife Trust India (@wti_org_india) April 8, 2021
“Glad to see someone following wildlife rules while going through a forest area,” wrote one social media user.
Glad to see someone following wildlife rules while going through forest area.
— debasish pallei #savejagannathtemple (@deb_itsme) April 8, 2021
Another wrote, “Kudos to both loco pilots”.
Kudos to both loco pilots…👍👍👋👋
— Anup K.Sinha (@anupsinha55) April 8, 2021
Congratulations .. well done.
— sharmarohitraj (@sharmarohitraj) April 8, 2021
Great job done 👏
— Vivek Kulkarni (@seevivekhere) April 8, 2021
Massive Respect for this Man
— Mani (@Maniaggarwal12a) April 8, 2021
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.