“TNEB not responsible for electrocution”

Special Correspondent

Church's car procession

deviated from scheduled path

VILLUPURAM: Superintending Engineer (Distribution) of Tamil Nadu Electricity Board M. Nauzad has stated that neither the department officials nor the employees are responsible for the incident that took place at the St. Joseph's Church at Pazhaiyanur near here on March 8 in which two persons were electrocuted.

In a statement Mr. Nauzad noted that the TNEB was under the impression that the annual car procession of the church would be taken out in the usual route and hence, it disconnected the electric supply to those areas. However, owing to differences among those involved in the festivities the car procession deviated from the scheduled path and the TNEB was unaware of such a diversion. When the cross fixed atop the car came in contact with the high-tension live wire two persons namely S. Selvaraj and M. Rene Antony were electrocuted and nine others suffered electric shocks.

Mr. Nauzad has warned that if any such violations are detected in any other places the department would initiate necessary action against those concerned.