Bokajan, June 20: At least 17 domestic cows were killed as a lightning hit the Balipathar area under Bokajan subdivision in Karbi Anglong on Wednesday morning.
The herd of cows was reportedly taking shelter under a tree which was hit by the lightning bolt late Tuesday midnight. The strike left a permanent impression on the tree where the bolt hit.
The unfortunate incident was first discovered by a farmer who spotted the cluster of dead animals early Wednesday morning. Locals assumed that the thunder storm which raged throughout the night had struck the animals down.
The dead animals were later buried with help of local resident and villagers.