Power Dept worker dies of electrocution

Power Dept worker dies of electrocution

ITANAGAR/KHONSA, May 15: In a tragic incident, a 29-year-old casual worker (lineman) of Power (Electrical) Department, GoAP has died of electrocution while installing new electric poles near Borduria village, 8 km from Khonsa, the headquarters of Tirap district, around 11.45 am today.

The deceased, identified as Wangkho alias Akho Wangsa, a native of Pongchau village under Longding district, came in contact with live wire while installing new poles and died on the spot.

Three other casual workers of the department’s Khonsa division sustained severe injuries in the incident. The injured – Bothak Wangsu of Chatting village, Tephiam Lama of Borduria and Wanghun Lowakho of Paniduria village – were immediately evacuated to the Assam Medical College & Hospital, Dibrugarh for further treatment.

In the meantime, Piman Wangsa, wife of deceased Wangkho and her relatives appealed to the concerned authority, including EE (Power) and local legislator cum Education Minister Honchun Ngandum to give her compensation and a Govt job as her husband was the only bread earner for the family of five, including three small children.

The body of Wangkho will be brought to his native village Pongchau for last rites after conducting of post-mortem at General Hospital, Khonsa.

A DIPRO report from Khonsa said following today’s incident several questions stuck in many minds: Who are responsible for such unfortunate electrocution deaths occurred from time to time? Are the casual workers (electricians) are well trained? Will the Govt create regular post of electrician?

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