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Gurgaon: Children electrocuted by live high tension cables still in shock

Six children, who had been playing near the electricity pole, sustained burns after coming into contact with live high tension cables

gurgaon Updated: Aug 16, 2017 22:16 IST
Leena Dhankhar
Leena Dhankhar
Hindustan Times
The electricity pole where the short circuit occurred on Tuesday.(Sanjeev Verma/HT PHOTO)

Six children who were electrocuted after coming into contact with live high tension cables near Kendriya Vihar in Sector 56 on Tuesday are still in shock. The incident took place as the cables attached to an electricity pole snapped after a short circuit.

The children, who suffered burns, are undergoing treatment at Delhi’s Safdarjung Hospital and Gurgaon civil hospital.

Police said of the six children, five suffered minor injuries, whereas one is reported to be critical. He is undergoing treatment at Safdarjung Hospital.

Police said the children came into contact with 220 KV high tension cables between two poles.

Sparks were noticed by the children in the switch boxes between the electric poles while they were playing, said Ajay, one of the victims.

The victims’ kin accused power officials and authorities of negligence. The victims were identified as Manjoo(12), Ajay alias Minte (13), Luv alias Kaku(15), Rahul (7), Bannu(10) and Ishwar.

The incident took place on Tuesday around 2.40 pm when the students were playing near their hut with a coin. They were jolted by a loud bang and before they could realise what was happening, they passed out. It was only later that they realised that they had sustained burns.

“We were playing and suddenly we heard a blast. It felt like I was flung to a wall. I screamed in pain. Soon, everything went dark. When I opened my eyes, I felt extreme pain and was told I had suffered burn injuries,” Luv, 15, said.

The parents standing outside their huts heard the blast and saw their children getting electrocuted in no time. They shouted for help, as they saw two children stuck to the pole.

“We have been living in Gurgaon for the last 15 years but never saw something like this. This incident has left us shaken. Four of my children were injured and are undergoing treatment. They were screaming in pain and fell unconscious. They suffered burns,” Babli, mother of four of the victims, said.

Family members said the voltage was so high that it caused a short circuit. They said there were sparks followed by a loud bang.“As soon as we heard it, we ran towards the children, but by then they had sustained burns from the fire,” Karan Singh, father of the four of the victims, said.

Their elder brother, Arjun Kumar (23), who works as a labourer, was at home on Tuesday. He immediately called an ambulance and a passerby informed fire station about the incident.

“It took 20 minutes for the ambulance to reach the spot and my brother and sisters had lost consciousness by then. Fire officials also reached the spot and took three children in their vehicle. Another four were rushed to the hospital in an ambulance,” Kumar said.

“We admitted five children who suffered burns after coming in contact with a live wire. We gave them first aid and transferred them to Safdarjung Hospital,” a spokesperson of Artemis Hospital, said.

The family members are in deep shock and their statements are recorded by the tehsildar on Tuesday evening.

IS Kashyap, senior fire officer, Sector 29, said, “We received the information around 2.51pm and rushed to the spot. I put three of the children in our official vehicle and took them to a hospital. One girl suffered 90% burns, two suffered 70% burns and another four children sustained 20% burns.”

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The Sector 56 police have not received any complaint from the parents as yet, but visited the spot and recorded the statement of the family members.

“We will register the case once we receive a complaint from any of the family members,” said inspector Arvind Kumar, station house officer, Sector 56 police station.

Anil Yadav, superintendent engineer , Haryana Vidyut Prasaran Nigam(HVPN), said, “We are conducting an investigation on what caused the short circuit and our teams have visited the spot. They will submit a report at the earliest.”

The injured children belonged to two families living in a nearby slum. They are originally from Jhansi, Uttar Pradesh and are working for a company laying CNG pipelines in the area.

Gurgaon DC Vinay Pratap Singh said that they sought a report on the incident.

First Published: Aug 16, 2017 22:16 IST