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Electrocution sparks ransack

Allegations of negligence being examined: Official
The vandalised customer care office of the WBSEDCL at Dignagar.

Subhasish Chaudhuri   |   Krishnagar   |   Published 24.05.20, 09:33 PM

Angry villagers vandalised a customer care office of the West Bengal State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (WBSEDCL) in Nadia’s Dignagar on Sunday morning after a labourer was electrocuted when he came in contact with a snapped live wire in a field.

The villagers alleged that despite repeated appeals to the WBSEDCL authorities, they did not bother to disconnect power supply to the snapped cable even four days after Cyclone Amphan had wrecked havoc.

Kazir Mandal, 42, a resident of Bagdia in Santipur, who went to Dignagar-Jeolgari village near Krishnagar, was unaware of the live cable of a high tension line that was hanging from an overhead post.

“Kazir came in touch with the live cable while ploughing the land. He could not see the cable carrying 11000 volt lying on the ground. He practically died because of sheer negligence of the WBSEDCL authorities,” said a farmer.

Mandal was taken to the Santipur state general hospital where he was declared brought-dead. Over 100 residents of Dignagar went to the local customer care office of the WBSEDCL and ransacked the premises. The situation was brought under control by Krishnagar police.

An officer of the WBSEDCL’s Ranaghat division said: “We are examining allegations of negligence.”

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