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2 more elephants electrocuted

2 more elephants electrocuted
Carcasses of the two elephants found dead in Sanis on April 8. (NP)
Staff Reporter DIMAPUR, APR 8 (NPN) | Publish Date: 4/8/2019 12:34:05 PM IST

In yet another tragic, two wild adult elephants were electrocuted in Sanis area of Wokha district on Sunday evening. This comes close on the heels of an elephant calf being rescued from the same spot.

After the elephant calf was rescued on April 7 after a loud blast was heard caused by an electrical spark (heard on April 6 night), volunteers went back to inspect the area on Monday and, as had been suspected, carcasses of two wild adult elephants were found dead.

The carcasses were found around the same spot were two other elephants were electrocuted on October 24, 2018. 

Speaking to media persons at Hill View Colony here on Monday, Green-SONS chairman Jess Murry and vice-chairman Z James Kikon sought immediate intervention of authorities concerned as the power lines have become a threat not just to elephants, but also humans. 

Murry said even the villagers were apprehensive about walking into the forest because of the power lines.

He alleged that the North Eastern Electric Power Corporation Limited (NEEPCO) has not taken previous appeals, to take corrective measures, seriously.

Murry said Green-SONS would soon submit a memorandum to NEEPCO and set a 15-day deadline to rectify the problem, failing which he threatened to initiate a movement with support from locals, which could possibly lead to disconnection of the line.

Expressing concern for the elephants, he said elephants and humans in the area had co-existed since time immemorial and stressed that lives of both have to be kept safe.

Referring to the elephant calf rescue, Murry said the calf had walked to Sanis town Zero Point on its own after it was separated from its herd. The villagers led it back to the forest but, sometime later, it returned to the town again. Thereafter, the volunteers restrained it and informed the Forest department. 

Green-SONS thanked the forest department and volunteers for their support and cooperation in this matter.

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