A 20-year-old truck cleaner was electrocuted at Bhuiyandih in Sidhgora police station area late on Saturday night.
Golu Kumar, from Bihar’s Nalanda district, was rushed to Tata Main Hospital (TMH) where he was declared brought dead.
The accident took place near Litti Chowk on Agrico-Sitaramdera Road in Bhuiyandih around 11pm on Saturday.
An eyewitness said Golu, who worked in a transport firm owned by one Rupesh Kumar, had clambered atop the truck’s cabin as the driver was parking the vehicle beside the boundary wall of a local firm.
“Unaware that a 11 KVA line was passing overhead, Golu stood up. Instantly, there was a spark in the power line and the youth fell off,” said eyewitness Sudhir Prasad.
Prasad added the driver — later identified as Braj Mohan Singh — rushed the youth to TMH’s emergency in an autorickshaw.
When contacted, Singh told The Telegraph Golu died in the autorickshaw on the way. “I was watching Golu closely on our way to the hospital. Suddenly, I realised he had stopped breathing,” he said.
Sub-inspector Vikrama Ram, investigating the case, confirmed Golu died of electrocution. “An 11 KVA line passed through Litti Chowk area at a very low level. When the victim stood on the truck’s cabin roof, unaware of the high-tension wire overhead, he got the fatal jolt,” he added.
The high-tension line belongs to Jharkhand Vidyut Vikas Nigam Limited. Its assistant engineer R. R. Prasad said he was unaware of any mishap in his command area.
“The 11 KVA line is drawn by fixing 24-feet poles. I am sure all rules had been followed. There must be some other reason,” he said, adding they would also probe the matter.
Sub-inspector Ram added they had informed the victim’s parents and seized the truck. The body has been sent the body to MGM Medical College for post-mortem.
He further added they would try to find why Golu climbed the cabin’s top. “We are probing if the driver ordered Golu to bring something from the cabin’s roof,” he added.