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Ghaziabad: Inquiry begins after woman loses her hands to electrocution

Neelam Kumari, whose hands were amputated, was to appear for a bank examination

noida Updated: Jun 22, 2017 23:31 IST
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Neelam who survived the shock from a 11KV electricity line hanging near the balcony of her house on April 27.(Sakib Ali/HT PHOTO)

The additional district magistrate (ADM) on Thursday initiated an inquiry into the incident in which a 30- year-old woman lost both her hands after she suffered an electric shock from a power cable hanging outside her flat in DLF Ankur Vihar in Loni town of Ghaziabad.

Taking cognizance of the HT report, which highlighted the plight of Neelam Kumari and her family, district magistrate Ministhy S had last week ordered an inquiry into the incident. She had also said proper action will be taken against lax officials.

Rajesh Yadav, ADM (finance & revenue), on Thursday visited the house of Neelam who survived the shock from a 11KV electricity line hanging near the balcony of her house on April 27. Just two days after, Neelam was to appear for a bank probationary entrance examination.

“We had gone to meet the woman along with senior officials of the electricity department. We have sought a report from the department of electrical safety. It is an unfortunate incident and has caused immense suffering to Neelam and her family. Their lives have been drastically affected by the incident,” Yadav said.

“Once the report is received, the chief medical officer will also submit a report about the extent of disability Neelam has suffered. She also suffered injuries to her leg. We will vouch for the maximum compensation that can be awarded in such a case,” he said.

Neelam’s hands had to be amputated one after the other within 20 days of the incident. For nearly 20 days, she remained confined to the ICU of Safdarjung Hospital in Delhi.

Her regular checkups are still continuing, her family said. She and her husband Vinay Kumar are from Bihar and had moved to Delhi for better job prospects. From Delhi, the family got a loan to buy a flat in Ankur Vihar where Neelam met with the tragic accident.

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“The officials spoke at length to Neelam and she narrated the entire incident to them. She also said she wishes to appear for the bank entrance examination once she gets artificial limbs. We are hopeful that the officials will help us out and ensure that such incidents do not happen to anyone in the future,” Vinay said.

First Published: Jun 22, 2017 23:31 IST