Four elephants died after they were ramped by a goods train near Telidihi Village in Odisha's Jharsuguda on Monday morning.
The herd, comprising a tusker, two females and a calf were crossing the tracks near Teladihi level crossing. "However, we will inquire under which circumstances the accident took place", said Assistant Conservator of Forest Pradip Kumar Dhal.
The elephants were from Bagdihi forest range under the Jharsuguda Forest division. "While forest department appears to be not honest in identifying sections in which elephant movements are frequent, trains continue to move fast through elephant corridors", Biswajit Mohanty, environmentalist and former member of National Board for Wildlife, said.
Later, train services were smooth after the bodies were removed from the tracks. Besides, some trains, including Tapaswini Express and Bokaro-Alleppey Express were stranded at Jharsuguda station.
He demanded that responsibility should be fixed on both forest and railway authorities. As per official data, a total of 16 elephants died after being hit by trains in Odisha during the period from 2000 to 2013.