Gurdaspur district consumer disputes redressal forum (DCDRF) has ordered the Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) to pay a compensation of Rs 10 lakh to next of kin to 19-year-old Baljinder Singh of Nimane village in Gurdaspur district, who was electrocuted on September 23, 2013 due to negligence of the PSPCL.
The consumer forum also ordered the PSPCL to pay an amount of Rs 10,000 to the family as the litigation cost.
The parents of the victim, Harjit Singh and Nirmal Kaur, had filed a complaint with the DCDRF against the PSPCL sub-divisional engineer, Kahnuwan, Gurdaspur, seeking a compensation of Rs 18 lakh against the death of their son.
Baljinder was a student of diploma in electric engineering third semester at Pannu Polytechnic College at Mari Panwan in Gurdaspur district.
The complainants pleaded that on the evening of September 15, 2013 a live electric wire had fallen in their field owing to a storm.
The live wire was not removed or set aside by the PSPCL officials despite repeated requests, they claimed.
On the day of incident, they stated, Baljinder had gone to irrigate the fields with the canal waters where he came in contact of the live wire.
They alleged that their son was electrocuted due to the negligence of the PSPCL, Kahnuwan.
Disposing of the case, DCDRF president Naveen Puri directed PSPCL, Kahnuwan, to pay the compensation and the litigation cost to the complainants within 30 days of receiving the copy of the order, else it would have to pay an interest of 9% per annum on the compensation amount.