Green Park shop owner arrested over electrocution of filmmaker

The Delhi Police on Monday arrested two persons,the owner of the shop,whose AC unit allegedly led to Morla’s electrocution,and her son.

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: July 23, 2013 2:05 am

Two days after 32-year-old documentary filmmaker Anand Bhaskar Morla was electrocuted in Green Park,after his car door brushed against an iron gate that was in contact with a live wire,the Delhi Police on Monday arrested two persons. The owner of the shop,whose AC unit allegedly led to Morla’s electrocution,and her son were arrested.

A case of causing death by negligence under Section 304 (a) and negligent conduct with respect to machinery under Section 287 of the IPC has been registered against the two at Safdarjung police station in South Delhi. The complaint was registered by Morla’s wife Supriya,a resident of Saket.

According to police,those arrested have been identified as Kamlesh Bansal (60),wife of a retired judge of consumer courts and her 30-year-old son Dhruv Bansal.

Police said that the AC compressor belongs to the jewellery shop — Jwell Den. The compressor had been in the open for around five years and residents had complained about the matter to BSES and the civic agency. BSES officials,sources said,had also inspected the AC unit but had not found any “stray current” in the wires.

The incident occurred on Saturday afternoon when Morla’s car door brushed an iron gate that was in contact with the live wire of the split AC. Morla was accompanied by his wife,three-year-old son,and grandmother who he was helping get into the car next to the gate of the A-22 complex in Green Park.

Meanwhile,the South Municipal Corporation on Monday issued a notice to the shop-owner. South corporation Commissioner Manish Gupta said: “We have issued a notice and also called for an explanation from the inspector,who should have monitored the air conditioner and generator kept outside the shop.”

He said the regular process of checking such generators kept outside shops would begin again.

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