A police officer and three members of the Home Guard were among the 15 individuals who passed away in Uttarakhand after a bridge’s railing became electrified. The location will shortly be visited by Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami, who has mandated a magisterial inquiry.
The bridge spans the Alaknanda River close to Pipalkoti town in the Chamoli district and is part of a sewage treatment facility under the Namami Gange project.
The incident happened last night, according to Chamoli Superintendent of Police Pramendra Dobhal.
“We received a call reporting the electrocuted death of a security individual. 22 persons were electrocuted and suffered severe injuries when police personnel went with the locals for the panchnama (spot inspection). Seven people are critically ill and 15 people died in a hospital.
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Mr. Dhami, who was visibly upset, stated, “We have learned of a terrible occurrence in the Chamoli district. A magisterial investigation has been requested. The State Disaster Response Force and other rescue teams are on the scene. The injured can now be transported by helicopter to larger hospitals.
The seven accident victims have now been transported by helicopter to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in Rishikesh.
An investigation is being conducted, according to Assistant Director General of Police (law and order) V Murugesan. The Namami Gange project is a comprehensive conservation effort to reduce Ganga pollution and restore the river.
It is sad to see that many people have lost their lives for this kind of reason. A bridge getting electrocuted can mean that this was a result of the irresponsibility of a person because of whom 16 people died in Uttarakhand and many others are in critical condition. The government should give compensations to all those who suffered and a strict investigation should be done in order to find the reason behind the same.
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