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Wild elephant electrocuted in Garo Hills

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Tura, May 14: A wild elephant was killed after it came in contact with a live overhead wire and got electrocuted in Garobadha area on Monday night.

Garo Hills has the dubious distinction of having the highest cases of electrocution deaths and injuries- both humans and animals.

According to Wildlife DFO Rupankar Marak, the adult female pachyderm was part of a herd that had been moving around the Wakagre-Doldigre area for the past many weeks.


The herd had moved towards the Garobadha-Selsella roadside recently, as per sightings by villagers.

A low hanging electrical wire, that had not been checked by power department staff, came in contact with the female pachyderm as it attempted to pass through Chokingre area, on the Garobadha-Selsella road.


“A post mortem is being conducted and we will get a clear picture soon,” informed DFO Marak.

Low hanging wires found across many parts of Garo Hills are a death trap for humans and animals and little has been done to check this problem leading to many innocent lives being lost over the past few years.

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