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Rogue driver kills tusker, injures another SATURDAY, 30 JUNE 2012 00:02

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Rogue driver kills tusker, injures another
SATURDAY, 30 JUNE 2012 00:02
PARUL KOHLI | NOIDA
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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.

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