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Close shave for 30 kids as live wire falls

Nearly 30 underprivileged children, aged between 3 and 14 years, had a narrow escape on Monday when a tree under which they were studying came in contact with the overhead high-tension 220 KV cables and caught fire.

india Updated: Apr 10, 2012 01:00 IST
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Nearly 30 underprivileged children, aged between 3 and 14 years, had a narrow escape on Monday when a tree under which they were studying came in contact with the overhead high-tension 220 KV cables and caught fire.

There was a huge blast which left a two-ft-deep crater.

The incident occurred at the green-belt along the Sector 56 road at the open air study centre run by an NGO on Monday.

One of the kids sustained a minor injury and was rushed to hospital. He was discharged after being given first-aid.

"The children were attending their morning class when they heard a blast. When they realised the tree had caught fire, they all ran away," said Suparna Sethi, founder of the NGO.

She said nearby locals came to their rescue.

The incident has created panic among the parents of the underprivileged children, who are being educated by NGO Suparaana Ka Aangan for the last four years.

Later, some local authority officials came and cut the tree. The Haryana Vidyut Prasaran Nigam Limited (HVPN), which maintains high voltage wires, refused to take responsibility. "I am not aware of the incident. However, I will ask the area engineer to look into the matter," said Rajeev Gupta, superintending engineer of HVPN.