By Bilal Kuchay
A touching video shows villagers arranging a funeral of an elephant that died after it was hit by a speeding train in India.
The adult elephant was struck by a train in Naxalbari village of Siliguri, a city in West Bengal, at around 1:30am on Tuesday.
The pachyderm was crossing the railway track, skirted by tea gardens on both sides, when a speeding Siliguri-Katighhar Gami bound passenger train hit him.
The poor animal lost his life on the spot.
Visuals show scores of men, women and children gathering at the site where the tusker’s body lies, showering his body with flower petals and burning incense sticks-a Hindu practice.
At least 150 elephants have died in India while crossing the railways tracks between 1987 to 2010.
In a similar incident in December 2016, three elephants, including two pregnant females, were killed by a speeding train when a herd of elephants were crossing the railway track in Assam.