Tribune News Service
Amritsar, June 9
Four persons were electrocuted when they were erecting iron pillars to lay power cables in a private colony, RB Estate, on Loharka Road here today.
Two of them died on the spot while the rest of the victims survived with minor injuries.
The deceased were identified as Gupreet Singh and Sukhbir Singh of Dhaul Kalan and Nangali villages, respectively. Sukhdev Singh, a contractor, and Jagga of Nangali village sustained injuries when they tried to save them. They were taken to a private hospital for treatment.
The incident came to light when the family members of the victims held a demonstration and blocked Airport Road in protest against the police authorities and the administration’s failure to take any action against the private colony owner. Jagga said Sukhdev Singh got the contract of installing pillars to lay power cables in RB Estate. He said he had asked the owner to get the power supply snapped as high-voltage power lines were crossing above the colony. He said the owner assured him of doing it.
He said in the noon when they called him again, he said the power was snapped. He said when they were installing a pillar, it touched the high-voltage power line due to which Sukhbir and Gurpreet suffered a powerful electric shock, killing them on the spot. When they tried to save them, they also suffered injuries. The agitating family members said they had informed the police authorities concerned besides the owner about the incident, but they did not turn up on time. Angered over this, they blocked the Loharka road in the city. The kin of the electrocuted also demanded registration of a case against the owner of the colony, besides suitable compensation. The Civil Lines police also reached the spot where the agitation was going on.
Parvesh Chopra, Station House Officer, Civil Lines police station, said both the parties were in talks to reach a compromise. “In case no compromise is made, we will register a case against the guilty persons,” he said.
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