New Delhi: On Wednesday, Union Home Minister Amit Shah spoke with Uttarakhand Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami to inquire about the unfortunate incident of over a dozen deaths due to electrocution in Chamoli district.
Expressing his sorrow, Shah took to Twitter to share his sentiments about the incident, describing it as “very sad.” During their telephonic conversation, the Home Minister obtained detailed information about the incident from the Uttarakhand Chief Minister.
“Death of people due to electrocution in Chamoli, Uttarakhand, is very sad. I talked to Chief Minister @pushkardham ji and inquired about the incident. The administration is engaged in providing treatment to the injured. I expresses my condolences to the bereaved families and wish the injured a speedy recovery,” Shah tweeted.
According to officials, a total of 15 people were electrocuted after coming into contact with the railing of an electrified bridge above the Alakananda River in Chamoli district, Uttarakhand. Among the casualties were a police sub-inspector and three home guards.
“Around 15 people, including a police sub-inspector and five home guards, have died. The investigation is underway. Prima Facie reveals that there was a current on the railing and the investigation will reveal further details,” Additional Director General of Police, Uttarakhand V Murugesan said.
Earlier in the day, it was believed that the deaths were caused by a transformer explosion on the banks of the Alakananda River in Chamoli district. The injured individuals have been admitted to the district hospital, according to the police officer.
In response to the tragedy, Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami ordered a magisterial inquiry and announced compensation of Rs 5 lakh for the dependents of the deceased and Rs 1 lakh for the injured.