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Broken live wire kills six children

- Villagers refuse to hand bodies to cops

Six children, including four girls, were electrocuted at Chandra village in Jamui district on Thursday afternoon.

Sources said the victims had gone to attend to nature’s call to a nearby agriculture field in their village when the incident took place.

They came in contact with a live broken overhead high-tension wire, which had broken and fallen on the field.

The six children were identified as Mohammad Ishlam Aslam, Mohammad Asmath, Sanjana, Ruksana Khatun, Tabassum and Murtuja Khatun, all in the age group of eight to 10 years.

First, one of the children by mistake touched the 11,000-volt broken high-tension live wire, which was lying on the ground, after failing to notice it.

Immediately, she started crying for help.

The five other children, unaware of the lurking danger, rushed in to help her but were all electrocuted one by one.

Jitendra Rana, the superintendent of police, Jamui, said: “The incident took place around 3.30 at Chandra village in the district this (Thursday) afternoon. The details of the incident are awaited.”

Commenting on the inaccessibility of the apot of incident, the superintendent of police said: “A force of police personnel from Charka Patthar police station is on its way to the spot of incident. The entire area is known as a hotbed of Maoists. It is inaccessible with deep forest cover and hilly terrain. Chandra village is located on the other side of Nathuniya forest.”

Rana added: “We are waiting for the detailed report. Mobile network in the area is too poor to talk properly.”

Charka Patthar police station officer-in-charge Vijay Kumar Yadvindu said: “The incident took place in Chandra village as the high tension 11,000 volt wire snapped suddenly and fell on the six children, as they were playing on a field.”

The sources pointed out that irate villagers blocked the Charka Pathar-Sono road to protest against the incident. Villagers refused to hand over the bodies to the police for autopsy and were demanding that the Jamui district magistrate, S.S. Tiwary, came to the village.