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Thu, 19 Oct 2017

Northeast Today

Five Persons Electrocuted in Assam in Three Days

Five Persons Electrocuted in Assam in Three Days
July 09
09:41 2017

At least five persons, including three students, have been electrocuted after coming into contact with snapped electricity wires in Assam during the last three days prompting public outcry and protests against the Power department.

A college student identified as Dharitri Deka was electrocuted in Lakhimpur district after she had parked her cycle against an electric pole that had a lose live overhead electric wire on Friday, official sources said.

On Friday, two other persons were also electrocuted — mobile tower operator Mantu Bora at Laokhowa Road in Nagaon district and class two student Bidyut Das when he came in contact with an electricity cable that had snapped and was lying near his Bihita primary school at Amolighat in Jagiroad, Morigaon district.

On Thursday one Raju Singh was electrocuted at Lakhi Nagar in Nagaon district during flash floods, the sources said. Another student, 12-year old Netrajit Biswas studying in class five, was electrocuted after he came in contact with a live electric wire at Raikata of Islampur in Hojai district, they added.

Meanwhile, public protests and outcries against the Power Department have erupted after five persons were electrocuted by live wires within two days. The protesters demanded action against power supply APDCL officials for not repairing snapped electric wires and for the resignation of Power Minister Pallab Lochan Das.

In Lakhimpur the local unit of the influential All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) has flayed the Power department officials alleging that their indifferent attitude lead to the deaths.

-PTI

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