Death of woman and newborn daughter due to electric shock, 5 officials dismissed for negligence

Bangalore. Following the death of a mother and daughter due to electrocution in Bengaluru, the Bengaluru Electricity Supply Company Limited (BESCOM) has suspended five of its officials for negligence. Along with this, the company responsible for power supply in Bengaluru has issued show cause notices to two more of its senior officials. On Sunday, 23-year-old Soundarya and her nine-month-old daughter Leela fell on the footpath at Hope Farm Signal and came in contact with 11 KV wires. Mother and daughter got stuck in strong current around 5:30 am.

Karnataka Energy Minister KJ George took note of the fatal accident and ordered the suspension of the officials involved. In view of this, BESCOM on Sunday suspended five officials of the power supply department – Assistant Executive Engineer Subramanya T, Assistant Engineer Chetan S, Junior Engineer Rajanna, Junior Powerman Manjunath Revanna and Lineman Basavarju – for negligence. The government has now decided to investigate the whole matter in depth.

The City Electricity Board issued show-cause notices to East Circle Superintending Engineer Lokesh Babu and Whitefield Division Executive Engineer Sriramu and asked them to reply to the notice within three days. An FIR has been registered in this regard. A 23-year-old woman and her nine-month-old daughter died after they accidentally stepped on an electrical wire lying on the pavement near ‘Hope Farm’ in Bengaluru in the early hours of Sunday, according to police.

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It was said that a woman named Soundarya from Tamil Nadu was walking home with her daughter Subhiksha. Bengaluru Union MP PC Mohan wrote on social media platform ‘X’ that the death of a woman due to electrocution at Hope Farm Junction is heartbreaking. Bescom should take precautionary measures to avoid such incidents. It is the responsibility of BESCOM to prevent such incidents and ensure a safe environment.

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