In Kanathur, two migrant labourers, Zakir (20) and Afrose (28) from Jharkhand, died after a wall collapsed on them. Police said,
The land is owned by AIADMK councillor in Hosur S Narayanan, but was maintained by V Karthik (25) of Salem who was cultivating in it.
Workers stage protest, say gangmen are meant to be engaged only in unskilled works.
Postmortem of the 35-year-old female elephant confirmed the death was due to electrocution. The owner of the farmland C Mahadevasamy (37) was arrested.
Meanwhile, AIADMK general secretary Edappadi K Palaniswami released a statement which claimed that eight people were hospitalised and over a hundred were affected in the accident.
The Lokayukta further said Bescom is collecting electrical charges from the public, who expect corresponding facilities from the authorities to make their life comfortable and hassle-free.
'Negligence on the part of BESCOM for electrocution', says Karnataka Lokayukta, orders investigation
"Non-maintenance of electrical lines in a reasonable condition would be a serious dereliction of duty. Such derelictions will prove fatal to the lives of people," Justice B S Patil said.
Earlier too, two wild elephants allegedly had died due to electrocution in the region on November 1 and November 2.
“The incident is peculiar as there were no rains, no tree branch falling on the line, then how did the feeder snap? Despite snapping, it held power. Why didn’t the snapped wire find earthing?."
The investigating officer has to book the case as prescribed in law. Since the death was due to negligence on the part of the officials concerned, they have been booked, he said.
Civic authorities generally dismiss electrocution tragedies as hazards of urban living. No one, neither the electricity company nor the government, takes responsibility for them.
If babus not held accountable, civic apathy will claim more lives: Experts on Bengaluru electrocution case
Say it is time for civic agencies to be brought under a common umbrella
Family members and citizens are calling for the case to be registered under Section 302 (murder), emphasising the gravity of the incident, as a deliberate act leading to the death of two people.
On Monday, the family members argued with the police.
Energy Minister K J George took serious note of the accident and ordered the suspension of officials, it said. A detailed investigation will be conducted in the matter, the BESCOM said.
The animal came in contact with the iron wire fence installed around the banana plantation. On the right side of its neck, thorax and abdomen, there are signs of electric shock.
Additionally, 2495 animals (both domestic and wild animals) have been killed across the state in the last 17 years.
The incident came to light on Sunday morning when the villagers spotted their bodies floating on the water, the police added.
Sources said P Selvaraj, a native of Rasipuram in Namakkal district, stepped on a live wire that was submerged in stagnant water near the Lanka Corner railway subway, due to heavy rain.
Justice S Srimathy was responding to a PIL filed by Devi, mother of the deceased, seeking Rs 15 lakh compensation, said Hariharan (16) was electrocuted to death on Oct 13, 2016.