Victims or deceased names: 1. Sampath Kumar 2. K Jagadish : Two people electrocuted in Chennai, including a Tangedco staff

Death – Obituary – Accident and Crime News : Chennai: Tragedy struck in Chennai on Wednesday as two people lost their lives due to electrocution. The first victim was a 55-year-old public prosecutor from the Madras High Court named Sampath Kumar. He was electrocuted when he accidentally stepped on a steel plate in front of a shop in Korattur. Sampath Kumar, who was also a local DMK functionary, was seeking shelter from the rain when the incident occurred. The steel sheet on the ground was electrified due to a power leakage from a nearby welding workshop. This unfortunate accident resulted in his untimely demise.

In a separate incident, a 32-year-old gangman working with Tangedco was electrocuted while attending to a complaint regarding a high-tension cable in Pazhavanthangal near Nanganallur. The gangman, identified as K Jagadish, had been working with Tangedco for two years. This incident marks the 48th death of a gangman due to electrocution in the past two years. Members of CITU (Centre of Indian Trade Unions) have protested against the government’s decision to engage gangmen for work on live cables, emphasizing the need for better safety measures.

The Korattur police have registered a case of negligence against the private firm responsible for the power leakage in Sampath Kumar’s case. Meanwhile, a team has been assigned to investigate the cause of Jagadish’s electrocution. Power Minister Sudin Dhavalikar has called for an inquiry report within 15 days and has instructed action against negligent staff. Compensation and job opportunities for the families of the victims have also been promised.

Electrocution incidents continue to pose a significant risk, not only in Chennai but across the country. The recent deaths have highlighted the urgent need for enhanced safety measures and stricter regulations to protect workers and the general public from such accidents. It is crucial for authorities to conduct thorough investigations and hold those responsible accountable to prevent future tragedies.

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