LUCKNOW: A train ran over at least 90 sheep on the Gorakhpur-Gonda route in Balrampur district of UP on Sunday. Minutes later, another train crushed eight vultures feeding on the sheep carcasses.
The incident occurred when Vishanpur Kodar village resident Balakram Pal, whose 135 sheep were grazing, was attacked by a pack of dogs.
Pal herded the sheep towards the Saryu Canal railway bridge over the Bhabhar drain when train number 15069 Gorakhpur-Aishbagh Intercity Express travelling to Lucknow from Gorakhpur ran over the flock.
Pal managed to save his life by jumping into the canal.
Gram pradhan of Motinagar village, Nand Pandey said that later several vultures were feeding on the sheep carcass when under another train from Gorakhpur crushed eight of them.
Samajwadi Party MLA from Gainsari, Shivpratap Yadav visited the village and demanded Rs 20 lakh compensation for the sheep owner. He said a demand had been made to the rail minister and the state government to provide the compensation.
Sub-divisional magistrate, Tulsipur, Manglesh Dubey said on Monday that a report on the accident would be sent to the district administration and the railways for appropriate action.
He said instructions had been issued to remove the remains of the sheep and the vultures to check the spread of diseases.

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