ITANAGAR, May 20 � Four women were electrocuted when a high tension line fell on a wet paddy field in West Siang district of Arunachal Pradesh.
The incident occurred at Wak village, 17 kms from Aalo, the district headquarters at noon yesterday, West Siang SP Mari Riba said in a statement today.
The incident reportedly took place when local contractors were clearing tree branches near the road, of which one snapped the Aalo-Kamba transmission line, the SP said.
Post mortem was conducted at Aalo district hospital later in the evening and the bodies have been handed over to the relatives. Seven persons have been arrested including Kamba Electrical Division JE Marjum Ete, electricians Geken Kamki, Tadik Tashung, Lingo Karga, Nyato Riram and Tomo Kamki and the contractor Modo Ete. A case has been registered at Kamba police station, the SP added.
Meanwhile, Chief Minister Nabam Tuki today expressed shock and grief over the demise of four females, due to electrocution. He also ordered a detailed enquiry into the incident.
While extending condolences to the bereaved family members of the four women, who were working in their paddy fields when the accident occurred, Tuki announced ex-gratia payment of Rs 2 lakh each. � PTI