BHUBANESHWAR: Two electrical engineers were suspended by the authorities of Central Electricity Supply Utility (CESU) on Tuesday for dereliction of duty in connection with Bhuban bus accident in which six persons died due to electrocution, last week.
The suspended officials are Kamakshyanagar SDO Ulasa Nath and Bhuban Junior Engineer Hrushikesh Das. They were suspended on basis of investigation conducted by senior CESU officials. They probed the circumstances that led to the electrocution.
Six passengers were electrocuted and 25 others sustained injuries when the bus came in contact with live 11 KV electric wire on September 20.
On the fateful day, traffic was diverted from Kamakshyanagar-Bhuban road as traffic congestion was reported on the stretch following the death of a home guard in an accident. The bus took a detour towards Sishu Mandir Square in Bhuban NAC area when the mishap took place. The vehicle apparently came in contact with the live wire which was sagging.
Reacting to the suspensions, CESU Engineers' Association protested the action of the authorities concerned. They demand suspension of Executive Engineer or revoking of suspension of the two engineers failing which they would resort to dharna.
The Association members said the Executive Engineer is responsible for taking decisions on execution of works. They also submitted a memorandum addressed to CESU chief through the Superintending Engineer. They have threatened to go on mass leave from October 1 if their demands are not met.