One killed, four others injured as locals tried to erect steel-tubular pole in central Kashmir


An 18-year-old youth died while as four others suffered injuries due to electrocution at Bunoapora Aripanthan area of Beerwah in central Kashmir’s Budgam district on Friday.

Reports said that the five persons namely Mohd Rafiq Bhat son of Ghulam Nabi, Shakeel Ahmad Bhat son of Ghulam Mohd, Javid Ahmad Bhat son of Mehraj u Din Bhat, Sonullah Bhat son of Ghulam Mohd and Mohd Rafiq Mir son of Abdul Rashid Mir, all residents of Bunapora Aripathen while erecting an electric pole in the area when suddenly it came in contact with High Tension (HT) line.

In the mishap, all the five persons received serious burn injuries due to electrocution and were taken to nearby hospital SDH Magam for treatment where they have been referred to JVC Bemina hospital for advanced treatment.

However, one among the injured Shakeel Ahmad (18) succumbed to injuries. A police officer also confirmed the death and injuries to four others in the incident. “A case under relevant sections of law has been registered and further investigations initiated,” he said.

Meanwhile, Deputy Commissioner Budgam Sehrish Asgar said that five persons were injured due to electrocution.

“Some people have been injured while erecting an electric pole in the morning today without informing the department. I urge everyone not to indulge in such hazardous activities themselves and take the assistance of the concerned departments,” DC said.

However, the local residents said that despite repeated requests the department officials did not turn up. We requested time and again but nobody heard us as such locals were forced to do what they did. (GNS)


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