Updated: March 13, 2021 12:51:21 pm
A horticulture staffer of a gated condominium in Gurugram died and three others sustained injuries on Friday when lightning struck a tree under which they were standing to protect themselves from the rain.
According to officials, the incident occurred around 4.30 pm at Signature Villas in Sector 82. The victims have been identified as Ramprasad, Shivdutt, and Lali, who hail from Uttar Pradesh and were gardeners at the society, and their supervisor Anil Kumar, a resident of Sohna.
While Shivdutt, Lali and Kumar are stable and undergoing treatment at Medeor hospital in Manesar, 38-year-old Ramprasad succumbed to injuries late Friday night.
Speaking to The Indian Express, Krishan Kumar, in charge of the Vatika police post, said, “The four men had taken shelter under a tree in the society when it began to rain heavily on Friday evening. A bolt of lightning struck the tree and all four of them were injured. They were rushed to Medeor hospital, but Ramprasad passed away during treatment on Friday night. He was in the Intensive Care Unit . The other three men are stable.”
“The statements of the surviving victims have been taken and the body has been kept in the mortuary. Once the deceased’s family arrives, we will do further investigations in the case. No complaint has been submitted or FIR lodged yet,” he said.
Grabs from a CCTV camera in the area show the four men standing under a tree in the society as rain pours down on them. As a bolt of lightning strikes the tree, three of them collapse on the ground immediately, while the fourth falls seconds later.
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