In a tragic incident that occurred at the peak of the Ganesh festivities, four people died and at least eight others were injured after coming into contact with a high-tension electricity cable at Sadashivnagar here on Wednesday night.

According to witnesses, the incident occurred when an iron pipe used to support the 28-foot Ganesh idol being carried in an open van touched the cable.

The deceased and the injured, who were inside the van along with several others, were all drenched due to continuous drizzling since evening and were in the proximity of the idol and metallic supports.

The live cable was running across the road, near Laxmi Complex, which is owned by Suresh C. Angadi, MP.

Of the four deceased, three died on the spot. They were identified as Geeta Gajanan Saple (42), Sujan Gajanan Saple (10), the wife and son of Gajanan Saple, who is the president of the Samata Yuvak Mandal which installed the idol; and Prajval Anil Mali (16). Gangappa Mudli (52) succumbed to his injuries at the government hospital.

Those who were severely injured in the accident were admitted to a private hospital, while those with lesser injuries were admitted to a government hospital.

Mr. Angadi and the Superintendent of Police, Chandragupta, visited the spot. Following the incident, the mandal decided to cancel the immersion and returned, while the procession on the other side of the city continued.

Mr. Saple and the mandal, with the help of artists from Orissa, had installed the tallest idol in the city, made of paper sheets, foam and metallic wires without using colours to make it environment-friendly.

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