A day after a youth died of electrocution while assisting the power department officials in mending a power line in Arunachal Pradesh’s Siang district; a local organization has blamed the state power department for the incident.
The Rumgong Block unit of Jering Matkir Society (JMS) has alleged that late Shanom Jerang died due to the “gross negligence of the Rumgong power department.”
Jerang was electrocuted while assisting the power department officials in mending the power line that had snapped following a thunderstorm on May 1.
The incident occurred on Wednesday at Mori Village under the Jomlo Mobuk administrative circle of Siang district.
JMS Rumgong Block president in a statement on Friday Tamoli Takoh claimed that the power department failed to send its officials to mend disrupted power lines despite four day since the disruption.
On the fifth day, a line man at the power department, Tabir Tatin, who is also a native of the village and one of the victims of the incident, recruited the assistance of late Jerang to mend the lines due to shortage of manpower.
Takoh alleged that Tatin forcefully recruited the assistance of late Jerang and that Tatin warned late Jerang of disconnecting his domestic line if he doesn’t assist in the work, following which late Jerang had to comply.
Informing that an FIR has already been lodged at the Rumgong police station, the Rumgong JMS unit demanded impartial inquiry be conducted over the incident and adequate compensation be provided to late Jerang’s family at the earliest.