Watch How Two Women Farmers Got Electrocuted In Bolangir, Who Is To Be Blamed?
**Bolangir**: Palpable tension prevailed when a 11 KV wire snapped and fell upon four women farmers engaged in planting paddy saplings in their field. Two women were burnt to death on the spot whereas the other two got critically injured and were rushed to the hospital.
This incident took place at Gaondapalli village in Agalpur block of the district here on Monday.
The government authorities handed over a compensation amount of Rs 2 lakhs to the husbands of the deceased women.
Is compensation the solution to this recurring problem which is happening quite often in the State?
According to Bolangir Collector Ashish Thakare, “An enquiry has already been set into this incident. We will find out exactly why this incident occurred and who is responsible for it. As regards to the casualties, they families were given immediate assistance by Red Cross. Moreover, WESCO has sanctioned Rs 2 lakh compensation to the deceased’s families. Apart from that, strict instructions have been given to the WESCO authorities to check up all the wires, poles and transformers and wherever they find a lacuna, it will be rectified immediately so that such unfortunate incidents do not occur again.”
According to Chief Operating Officer of WESCO, TB Mishra, “An enquiry by the Electrical Inspector is being conducted, post which action will be taken.”
In September 2016, at least six persons died and 25 others suffered burn injuries when the bus carrying them came in contact with a high tension electric wire in Odisha’s Dhenkanal district. Few years back in Paradip, two women sleeping in their house got electrocuted when a live were fell on their house after getting snapped. Two others trying to save them also died in the process.
There are many reports of elephants getting killed in the forests of Odisha due to sagging live wires.
So, who is responsible for such deaths in which the innocent victims are caught unaware and electrocuted for no fault of theirs? And the main question remains that when will such deaths stop?