Minors electrocution at Umsalait: Autopsy awaited

Shillong, Mar 18: Police and post-mortem report of the two minors electrocuted at West Jaintia Hills’ Umsalait Village is awaited for compilation of the final report along with the conclusion, Power Minister James Sangma informed the house through a statement.

A call attention notice was called by Mowkaiaw MLA Nujorki Sungoh, regarding the deaths of the two siblings aged 10 and one.

According to the statement, the office of the Inspectorate of Electricity had passed an order for conducting inquiry into the accident on the March 24th, 2021, as required under Section 161 of Indian Electricity Act, 2003 and that inquiry is still underway.

It was informed that on March 10th, 2021, a day after the incident, an officer of the Inspectorate of Electricity conducted an initial spot inspection, and found that one half of the broken pin insulator of the 11kV line was attached to the channel of the pole and the other half on the ground.

“Due to the broken pin insulator it caused detachment of the 11 kV conductor which came in contact with the top edge of the pole thereby causing heavy conduction of current in the pole,” the statement read, adding that the line belonged to Summit Digital Infrastructure Private Limited.

“It was learnt that a day before the incident March 9 there was heavy rainfall along with lightening which may have caused the breakage of pin insulator die to being struck by lightning,” it read.

The statement also read that according to the agreement between MePDCL and mobile tower operators, the corporation is not liable for any other claims or liabilities.  

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