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Updated: September 12, 2013 00:36 IST

Elderly couple electrocuted

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Tensions run high as local residents accuse APCPDCL of callousness

A sexagenarian washing utensils outside her house got electrocuted along with her husband even as he tried to rescue her after a live electric wire got snapped from the transformer and fell on her in Secunderabad on Wednesday.

The death of the elderly couple at Laxminagar near Picket sparked protests from the residents of the locality, who accused the APCPDCL of callousness. It led to registration of a criminal case against the local electric assistant engineer and lineman.

Y. Laxminarsamma (62) was cleaning utensils at around 7.30 a.m. when the wire connected from the transformer snapped and fell on her. As the woman screamed, her husband Y. Balram (70), who rushed to her rescue, also got electrocuted. “Their daughter Jayasree (25), too tried to rescue her parents, but she too suffered an electric shock,” Marredpally Inspector K. Shashank Reddy said.

A passer-by managed to yank her away from her parents by hitting her with a stick. The woman sustained burns on her hands and was declared out of danger but her parents were declared brought dead when the local people shifted them to a nearby hospital.

The Inspector maintained that the local people had earlier complained to the authorities about the electric wire posing a threat. A case under section 304-A (rash or negligent act resulting in death) of Indian Penal Code was registered against the unnamed employees of the AP Central Power Distribution Company Limited.

Tension prevailed at the electric sub-station office in Karkhana where scores of local people staged a sit-in holding the public utility department responsible for the loss of two lives. “We represented several times about the dangerously hanging wires to the authorities but they never bothered to act,” the protesters charged.

Union Minister of State for Road Transport Sarve Satyanarayana, Secunderabad Cantonment MLA P. Shankar Rao, ex-MLA Sayanna and others visited the sub-station and sought details of the incident.

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