Udaipur : Bent poles, loosely hanging wires from the high tension power lines are proving dangerous for residents in several areas across Kushalgarh block in Banswara. While people accuse the electricity department for utter negligence, the authorities on the other hand claim that the accident had taken place due to the fault of the severage work that was going on in thearea. The wires fell down because of the blasting conducting by the severage firm. According to residents, not only at Potaliya by-pass road but at many places including Timda, poles are bent and wires could be seen loosely hanging on lower heights that pose threats to commuters.
On Thursday, a 35 year old cloth vendor Sevaram resident of Mandsaur in Madhya Pradesh was electrocuted when a live wire from a high tension line fell on him while he was passing through the roadside.The deceased sold blankets and sheets door to door and on the fatal day too, he was making rounds of the colonies. According to the eyewitnesses, the wire fell on him with a thuddering noise and blast. The lower part of the body caught fire and was charred within minutes. ” The victim’s relatives left for their native place with the body.We have taken a complaint under section 174 of the CrPC on the accidental death and recorded the statements of the victim’s family” Kirendra Singh, the investigating officer of Kushalgarh police station said.
Superintendent Engineer of Ajmer Discom JK Pareek said the department wasnt responsible for the accident as the wires had fell down due to blasting being conducted for the severage work. On the other hand the incharge of the severage project Ramesh Chandra Gohil told the police that their men were not at work when the accident happened. ” We visited the spot and found that the equipments were not functional and machinery was non operational at the time of the incident. A detailed investigation will be taken up to determine who is actually responsible” Kirendra Singh said. Meanwhile, the administrative authorities consoled the victim’s family and assured ex-gratia to be awarded as per government norms.