A tigress was killed by a speeding train this Friday night between the Budhni and Mid-Ghat sections in Sehore district of Madhya Pradesh.
A railway crew spotted the carcass of the big cat near the railway tracks and reported the matter to the police and forest department.
This was the 4th tiger that died in the state in the last two months, the 35th since 2016. Earlier this year, on February 23, an adult tiger was found dead on the same spot. Another tigress died in the Shehdol district of Madhya Pradesh on January 21, 2017.
In 2015 as well, an adult male tiger was run over by a speeding train. Due to a delay by the forest department rescue team in taking the necessary action, the big cat succumbed to death.
It is believed that wrongly placed chain fencing is responsible for deaths of tigers due to train accidents in the region.
The state government on the other hand, is blaming the railway department. Reportedly, Madhya Pradesh forest officials are planning legal action against railway authorities for not adhering to repeated requests of slowing down trains while crossing national parks and their surroundings to prevent deaths of animals due to such accidents.