BHUBANESHWAR: On Tuesday in Dhenkanal district, at least six people were electrocuted and 25 others wounded following a bus travelling in came in contact with a live electric wire. The occurrence also happened four days following a truck driver was burnt alive after his vehicle hit a high tension line in Dhenkanal. The disaster struck near a school in Bhuban area when the bus, transporting around 35 travelers, was going towards Birasal in Dhenkanal district from Cuttack via Kamakhyanagar.
The driver took a detour close to the school following he saw a road blockade on his usual route. The overhead carrier of the bus strikes the live wire, leading to the mishap. Dhenkanal district collector Roopa Roshan Sahoo has also further conveyed that, six travelers died on the spot whereas the wounded were rushed to nearby hospitals.
Two offended were shifted to SCB Medical College and Hospital in Cuttack. The departed have been recognized as Manas Das (35) Gobinda Sendha (42) Rakabin Nayak (40), Ramesh Nayak (35) Bhabani Sankar Sahoo (50) and Gobinda Soren (46). Police officials has also further conveyed that, bus driver Pitambar Nayak was detained. Survivors answerable civic negligence as the live wires were hanging at a low height.
They claim that the state energy department did not wake up even subsequent to truck driver was burnt alive when his vehicle touched a high tension line in Dhenkanal previous week. Karunakar Mishra, a survivor has also further conveyed that, in many places, live wires dangle at low height posing threat to lives. The department is not solemn to the matter. Locals have conveyed that, the rescue operation was commenced late after electricity supply was detached in the area.
Energy minister Pranab Das has also further conveyed that, we are probing whether the live wire was hanging at an inferior level from the ground. Transport minister Ramesh Majhi conveyed the driver should have measure the height of the live wire previous to driving the bus under it. Survivors recounted their ordeal and conveyed chaos reigned soon following the bus stroke the live wire.
Jayant Pradhan, another survivor has also further conveyed that, after getting the electric jolt, we all ran towards the exit door. Many travelers, counting I, fell down inside the bus. There was a stampede. Luckily, I managed to get out. Chief minister Naveen Patnaik expressed grief and declared Rs 2 lakh ex-gratia to the next of the kin of the departed travelers whereas state energy minister Pranab Prakas Das asked Odisha Power Transmission Corporation limited to disburse Rs 5 lakh as compensation to the bereaved families.