Guwahati, May 15: Preliminary investigation has indicated being stuck by lightning as the cause of death of 18 elephants atop hill in Nagaon district of Assam three days ago.
An official release said here today that after thorough examination of the carcasses by experts and circumstantial evidence, it has been suggested that strike of lightning led to the deaths.
Metrological data has also corroborated the initial findings, the release added.
However, samples have been sent for toxicological and micro-biological testing.
The final report shall be made public, when completed.
The team of experts included veterinarians from the College of Veterinary, Khanapara, State Zoo and WWF-India.
Eighteen elephants were found dead on May 13 atop a hill near Bamuni in Nagaon, and the pachyderms were suspected to have been killed by lightning.
State Forest and Environmental Minister Parimal Suklabaidya had visited the spot after the incident.