Officials Thrashed After Farmer's Death

It is said that Shivanna had previously complained to BESCOM about the fallen wire and had asked for it to be removed.

Published: 28th September 2015 04:53 AM  |   Last Updated: 28th September 2015 04:54 AM   |  A+A-

BENGALURU: An assistant executive engineer of the Bangalore Electricity Supply Company (BESCOM) was assaulted by angry villagers in Channapatna taluk of Ramanagaram district on Sunday morning.

A farmer in Chikkenahalli village came in contact with a live wire on Sunday morning and died instantly, sparking anger.

The deceased has been identified as Shivanna (45). Police said he had gone to his farm land and found a live wire lying there. He was electrocuted when he tried to pick it up and throw it away.

Around 100 villagers gathered at the spot and blamed BESCOM’s negligence for Shivanna’s death. It is said that Shivanna had previously complained to BESCOM about the fallen wire and had asked for it to be removed.

BESCOM Assistant Executive Engineer Lakshmeesh and Junior Engineer Chandrashekhar reached the spot and tried to pacify the angry villagers. However, things got out of hand and Lakshmeesh was assaulted by the villagers. Later, a pro-farmer group assured the villagers that the live wires would be removed and a suitable compensation would be given to Shivanna’s family.

Shivanna’s body was later shifted to the Channapatna government hospital for autopsy. A case has been registered at M K Doddi police station.

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