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Tempers run high as 3 get electrocuted

The families of the three people who were electrocuted while videographing a religious function at Focal Point area in the city on Monday were an angry lot. The inconsolable families were unable to come to terms

punjab Updated: Feb 21, 2012 17:10 IST
Anshu Seth

The families of the three people who were electrocuted while videographing a religious function at Focal Point area in the city on Monday were an angry lot. The inconsolable families were unable to come to terms with the untimely death of Gurjit Singh, Sanjay Kumar and Umesh, who lost their lives when the crane carrying the camera came in contact with 11 KV line (high-tension wire).

The relatives of Gurjit and Sanjay entered into an argument with some people on the hospital premises as some migrants tried to give statement in favour of the organisers of the function.

The function was organised by the Mat Bala Shakti Dham. Soon after getting the
news, Gurjit's wife and mother reached Mohan Dai Oswal Cancer Hospital and Research Foundation where he was declared brought dead. His wife refused to move from the hospital and became hysterical when she got came to know about his death. Gurjit is survived by a son and a daughter.

Expressing anger over the incident, Gurjit's brother said the administration could not get away with it by just ordering an inquiry. "The authorities concerned should take the responsibility for giving permission for holding a function at a place which is not safe for such gatherings."

Director of the Parvasi Bhalai Board and member of the district grievances redressal
committee Hargobind Tewari made a shocking revelation saying he had taken up the
matter of the "low-lying" high-tension wires in the committee meeting held on September 28, 2011, and deputy commissioner Rahul Tewari had forwarded the complaint to the department concerned.

"Had the Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) taken care of low positioning of the high-tension wires, the tragedy could have been averted," Hargobind Tewari said.
However, assistant executive engineer, Focal Point, Sanjeev Jolly, refuted the allegations saying the area where the incident took place was part of the green belt of PUDA-approved area.

He said the high-tension wires were at a safe height, installed on a rail pole of 11 metres and were located at Phase 7 of the Focal Point, which was frequented by
trolleys, but there had been no incident of entanglements of the vehicles with the
wires.