Swmkwr Basumatary and Raju Basumatary were electrocuted to death in Kokrajhar on Tuesday. Photo: Rinoy Basumatary

Three persons including a woman were electrocuted to death in two different places in Kokrajhar district on Tuesday evening. The incident had cast a pall of gloom among the villagers.

In the first incident at No 14 Bishmuri village, two electricians died when power suddenly came while they were connecting new phase in the village. The incident took place at 6 pm.

The two electricians were identified as Swmkwr Basumatary (25) and Raju Basumatary (20) of  Samokaguri village in Kokrajhar district. They were engaged in the new electrification works at No-14 Bismuri village to Lakipur village in the district. The two electricians had been working under sub contractor Samar Basumatary for the last five years.

Swmkwr and Raju were brought to Kokrajhar RN Brahma Civil Hospital where they were declared brought dead. The post mortem examinations of the victims were done in Kokrajhar on Wednesday.

After the incident agitated people beat up Samar Basumatary. Sources said the ‘ENN-AAR Company and Poles’ owned by Rajesh Singh was allotted the rural electrification works and Samar Basumatary of Puthimari village was given charge to look after the works as sub contractor.

Talking to media Samar Basumatary said that the villagers on Tuesday had forcibly asked the electricians to connect the power line. “Due to intense pressure from the villagers they were compelled to connect the power resulting in their tragic death,” he said.

In the second incident, one Anjana Bibi (22) w/o Billal Ali Sheik of Jaoliapara, Duramari was electrocuted to death on Tuesday evening. The villagers got the electricity recently and home connections are still going on in the village.

Rinoy Basumatary

Rinoy Basumatary is Northeast Now Correspondent in Kokrajhar. He can be reached at: rinoymasscom@gmail.com

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