Even after two months, the district administration has failed to compile the report of magisterial inquiry into the electrocution incident that occurred at a religious function in February.
Three persons were electrocuted and four received severe burn injuries when a crane used for videographing a religious function came in contact with the high-tension wires in Focal Point area on February 20.
Sanjay Kumar (35), Umesh (30) and Gurjit (35) died on the spot while Davinder Singh (40), Udhav Singh (32), Niranjan (17) and Manoj (25) were seriously injured.
More than 20,000 migrants had gathered at a religious function organised by Mat Bala Ji Shakti Dham on a vacant plot in Phase 7 of Focal Point, when the incident occurred.
As it happened, soon after the Bhojpuri singer Khasari Lal Yadav and his dance troupe came on the stage, the crowd got excited and the cameraman and his helpers in a bid to capture the scene raised the height of the camera, which came in contact with the 11 kV high-tension lines and the current travelled to the control set, where the victims were standing.
While Sanjay Kumar and Gurjit were videographing the function, Umesh was standing next to them when the incident occurred.
Questioning the role of the district administration and police commissionerate for having granted permission to the organisers to hold the function in the area having high-tension wires, the families of the deceased had demanded an inquiry into the incident.
Thus, Ludhiana deputy commissioner Rahul Tewari had ordered a magisterial inquiry into the matter.
The inquiry was given to SDM east Ajay Sood, who is yet to submit the report.
However, the DC when asked about the findings of the report said, “The SDM has said he has already compiled the report and sent it to me, but I am yet to receive it. The action will be initiated as per the findings of the report.”
SDM sitting on report
During the last follow up of this case, the DC while talking to HT had said the SDM had asked for a week’s time to compile the report of the magisterial inquiry. But even after 20 days, the report has not reached the deputy commissioner. The reasons behind the delay are best known to the district administration.