KERALA

DYFI activists suffer electric shock during stir

CRITICALLY INJURED: A DYFI activist who suffered electric shock at the Kollam railway station being taken to the Thiruvananthapuram Medical College Hospital from the Kollam District Hospital on Monday.

CRITICALLY INJURED: A DYFI activist who suffered electric shock at the Kollam railway station being taken to the Thiruvananthapuram Medical College Hospital from the Kollam District Hospital on Monday.  



Staff Reporter

KOLLAM: Sixteen activists of the Democratic Youth Federation of India (DYFI), including seven women, suffered electric shock when an aluminium flagstaff they were carrying accidentally came into contact with a live 300-volt electric overhead line during a `rail roko' agitation against the hike in fuel prices, here on Monday.

The condition of two persons, undergoing treatment at the Medical College Hospital in Thiruvananthapuram, is stated to be critical.

The incident occurred at 10.30 a.m. on Monday when the DYFI activists reached the station to block the Thiruvananthapuram-bound Chennai Mail. The aluminium flagstaff raised by one of the demonstrators, Jayachandran, came into contact with the electric line. Sixteen persons were thrown off in the impact of the electric shock. Jayachandran and another DYFI activist, Sajeev, sustained severe burns with a good portion of their bodies seared.

The victims were rushed to the District Hospital. After first aid, Jayachandran and Sajeev were referred to the MCH. Two persons were discharged from the district hospital in the afternoon. Twelve others are under treatment.

Meanwhile, the DYFI activists carried on with their rail-roko agitation. CPI(M) district secretary K. Rajagopal inaugurated the demonstration.

Railway authorities said that had electrification been commissioned, the overhead line would have carried 2,300 volts of power. The Railways had kept the lines live with 230 volts to prevent theft of the copper wires. At a few places, the overhead copper wires were found stolen. The Railways authorities said they would register a case against the DYFI activists.

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