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“Negligence by the electricity department has jolted my life and the compensation of Rs 5 lakh announced by the consumer forum is just a sympathy for my loss,” said Sanjeev Kumar, the 28-year-old who lost his arm after he suffered electric shock from high tension wires in 2016. Kumar, was then 27, was at his friend’s residence when he met with the accident while standing in a balcony of the flat, which had high tension wires hanging above his head. “I was on my mobile phone. I didn’t realise when I was suddenly pulled up by the high tension wires above me, and then I got unconscious,” said Kumar. Kulvir Singh, the victim’s friend, at whose flat the incident took place, said, “He was pulled by the high tension wires and and his arm was stuck with it. As the wires had high voltage, I used a wooden stick and a cloth to get him rid off the wires.”
“I rushed him to the Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH), Sector 32, in my car, from where he was then referred to PGI, where doctors told that his arm had to be amputated as the high volatge had damaged it completely”, Kulvir added. Kumar who was discharged from PGI on September 28, 2016, after been admitted on July 20.
“A major chuck of my salary of Rs 15,000 goes to my family as my father is a retired. He gets only Rs 10,000 while my younger sister is studying in Class 11and my mother is a housewife. Finding a job with just one hand is the most difficult task of my life, and I have been rejected for almost 40 jobs in the last three months due to this,” Kumar said, adding, “I was engaged to a girl and the wedding was scheduled in February 2017. But after this accident, she rejected me for the same. There is no motivation left for me in my life.”
Sharing his views on the Rs 5 lakh compensation announced by consumer forum, Kumar said, “I have managed to get an artificial limb costing Rs 4.50 lakh from Delhi by taking credit from several people. I had claimed for compensation of Rs 22 lakh through my counsels Advocate Harpeet Saini and Advocate Ankush Malik for the major loss. The advocates have managed to get me Rs 5 lakh as compensation from the forum but the electricity department and the forum needs to understand the value of a young life. I do not know when I will receive the compensation,” Kumar said.
“I am a diploma holder in computer engineering and was perusing B Tech III year when I met with the accident, but now I doubt even my studies won’t be able to find me a good job. I just appeal the forum to find more financial help by increasing the compensation and help to get me a regular job,” he said.