Eleven cows were killed and two severely injured after they were hit by a speeding goods train near Dahej in Bharuch on Monday evening. Police have launched a probe on a complaint filed the sarpanch of Dahej village.
According to sources, the incident took place in the evening nearly 1.5 km from Dahej station when an empty goods train coming from Bharuch station hit a herd of cows walking on the railway tracks.
“Railway authorities turned up at the spot after some time. The railway staff removed the carcasses from the track. Train services were halted for nearly half an hour. They resumed only after the tracks were cleared,” said Dahej village Sarpanch Jaydeepsinh Rana who reached the spot after locals informed him about the mishap. A team of veterinary doctors from Bharuch also reached the spot of the mishap.
Acting on the complaint lodged by the sarpanch, police on Tuesday said that they have launched a probe and will soon be questioning the driver of the goods train.
“We will contact Dahej Railway station and find out who was driving the goods train and record his statements to know what actually had happened and why was he not able to see the herd of cows walking on the tracks,” Inspector P N Zala said. Police, however, said that no one has come forward to claim the cows.
“There are few maldharis who reside in nearby areas where the incident took place, and we are contacting them to find out the owner of the cows,” the inspector added. Meanwhile, Western Railway said that driver of the train will be recorded.
“The incident took place on Monday evening and the train driver had informed about the incident to Bharuch Station Master. Our railway officials had reached to the spot and removed the carcasses from the tracks. At present, it is difficult to say how the incident took place. The train driver’s statements will be recorded. The goods train was empty and it was on its way to Dahej to get loaded,” said Public Relation Officer (Western Railway) Khemraj Meena said.