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Boy dies hitting uprotted pole: PSPCL blames MC

punjab Updated: Sep 21, 2013 21:33 IST
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The Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) has blamed municipal corporation for death of 16-year-old Himanshu Kohli, who had died after his scooter hit an uprooted electricity pole on Thursday morning in Shakti Nagar.

In the inquiry conducted by PSPCL's additional superintendent engineer Jangveer Singh said if MC had informed PSPCL about lifting of trees on Wednesday evening, which was uprooted on last Sunday's storm, the electricity pole would have been immediately taken off the road.

"I have visited the accident site twice and also found that leaves were lying near the pole due to which, Himanshu's scooter had slipped and he had fallen on the road," said Singh.

He added that the boy had received internal injuries which proved fatal. "When the storm hit, the pole fell with tree and it was MC's duty to inform PSPCL after it picked up the tree," he said.

"Around 150 electricity poles were uprooted in last Sunday's storm and we are still fixing poles in various villages,"he said by adding that PSPCL was also mournful over Himanshu's death.

Himanshu's father, Vijay Kohli, 51, said it was PSPCL's negligence and MC due to which, he lost his son, who was a student of medical stream of Class 11 at Innocent Hearts School and was going to attend his tuition class on the incident day.

He said he was discussing with other family members over lodging a complaint against PSPCL. "None of the MC or PSPCL officials has come to us yet. Himanshu's uncles Pawan Malhotra and Padam Malhotra said the 'indifferent departments' should learn a lesson from this incident and rectify them soon.

If someone even from the locality or school, outside which, the pole was lying, had tried to keep it aside, Himanshu would have been alive today, they claimed.

Himanshu who was riding on a scooter, died on Thursday morning after hitting an electricity pole uprooted in Sunday's storm.The pole was reportedly lying on the street since Sunday night despite of repeated requests to PSPCL. He was rushed to a nearby hospital and was later referred to a trauma centre where he was declared brought dead.

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The classmates of Himanshu Kohli had opened a Facebook account into memory of their friend. They also blame the administration, responsible for his death. Rizul Pabby, classmate of Himanshu who opened this account, said as per claims of residents of Shakti Nagar that they had complained several times to department concerned to keep the uprooted pole aside but none of the officials
took their pleas seriously.

Honey Abrol, a Facebook user, said a case against the electricity department in consumer court should be filed.

Rajesh Gulati commented that kids should drive safely blessed the deceased's soul. Several other people had also commented on PSPCL's negligence in this case.