Father of five daughters dies due to electrocution in Budgam

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BUDGAM — A government employee, who was the father of five daughters, died of electrocution in Magam town of central Kashmir’s Budgam district, officials said.

Farooq Ahmed Wani (36) working as Lineman in Power Development Department fell from an electric pole after receiving an electric shock when he was repairing the HT line in Magam town, locals told the news agency KNT.

Wani was taken to Sub-District Hospital Magam for treatment where doctors referred him to JVC Hospital Bemina Srinagar. He succumbed to his injuries shortly after he arrived at the hospital.

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Wani, as per doctors, had sustained serious injuries due to electric shock and fall.

Police Station Magam registered a case in this regard. The victim was a native of Hazarpora Aripanthan village of sub-division Beerwah.

The death of PDD employees due to electrocution is a common occurrence in Kashmir Valley.

Last month, a 52-year-old PDD employee Bashir Ahmed Khan died after receiving an electric shock while repairing a power cable in Kunzar area of northern Kashmir’s Baramulla district.

The family of the victim had demanded a probe into his death, saying that no mechanism was followed while the employee was repairing the power cable. They had alleged the victim was not even provided the safety tools.

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Two days after this incident, a PDD inspector Imtiyaz Ahmed died due to an electric shock in Parimpora area of Srinagar when he was carrying out some repair work.

In January this year, a casual labour of the Power Development Department, Muhammad Jammal Reshi of Gund Chobutara Kralgund in Handwara, died of electrocution while repairing a transmission line in the Rafiabad area of Baramulla district.

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