Residents of a Jawahar Nagar slum locality placed an electrocuted boy’s body on the road side on Friday and blocked the Jhalana road for 30 minutes to demand compensation for his family.
Sudesh, 11, was electrocuted on Thursday evening when he came in contact with a live wire at a public park in Jawahar Nagar area. The protesters also demanded action against the officials of the power company and the municipal corporation whose alleged negligence led to the accident during the rain. The wire allegedly fell into the rain water collected near the Urmila Park.
Sudesh went there to fetch his ball and was electrocuted. However, protesters removed the blockade after assurance from the local leaders and the police. Thursday rain did bring some relief from scorching heat to the Jaipurites. But, for Satish Kumar, father of Sudesh, it turned out to be a nightmare.
The grief-struck parents, who are native of West Bengal, fell unconscious many times for having lost their only child. Kumar, 35, works as a driver and his wife is a homemaker. They have been living in a one-room accommodation for the last 20 years.
The police handed over the boy’s body to the family after post mortem on Friday morning.
A case under section 174 of Code of Criminal Procedure (unnatural death) has been registered and the probe started, said Jitendra Gangwani, station house officer, Jawahar Nagar police station.
Sunita Pahadiya, a resident of Teela No-9 slum said it was not for the first time that such an accident had taken place.
“A year ago, a child and a woman had lost their life because of electrocution. A cow was electrocuted a few months ago. All these incidents happened on the spot where Sudesh lost his life,” she said, suggesting a probable official negligence in rectifying a fault in the power line which had become a cause of such accidents.
She even pointed at a high tension line passing over their houses and said despite many complaints to get the line shifted as it was a risk, nothing had been done either by the elected representatives or the authorities.
Another resident Usha expressed similar views and alleged that such incidents took place as the authorities leave the work incomplete. Another resident Rajendra Kumar said, “They (the politicians) only come for votes. Neither the MLA nor the councilor has visited the spot. They have only given us assurances.”