At least six fishermen were electrocuted and as many injured when a live high-voltage wire touched the water of a pond in Nagaon district of Assam on Friday.
The incident happened in Rupohi area under Juria police station when the 11,000-volt power line, hanging loose over the pond, touched the water.
Villagers had informed the electricity department around 5 am about the wire being loose but they were told that the wire was dead, police said quoting the residents.
After an hour the fishermen went into the pond, the wire was activated leading to the electrocution, the villagers said. The injured were rushed to the civil hospital in Nagaon, police said.
Armed with sticks, irate villagers went to the residence of the electricity department official’s house and damaged his car, police said.
#BREAKING | Minister Keshab Mahanta announces Rs. 2.5 lakhs to next of the kin of the deceased in the Juria Electrocution incident. At least six fishermen were electrocuted when 11,000-volt power line touched the water of a pond in Nagaon district of Assam on Friday. pic.twitter.com/51VaIojQJA
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State Power Minister Tapan Gogoi is headed to the site on the instruction of Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, official sources said. Meanwhile, Assam Minister announced Rs. 2.5 lakhs to next of the kin of the deceased in the incident.