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Jagannath Yatra: Three chariot pullers electrocuted to death

Three rope pullers died on the spot while six others sustained severe injuries, and doctors reported that they are in critical condition.

By: Express News Service | Surat |
Updated: July 28, 2015 1:04:59 am
Hindu devotees throng a chariot of Lord Balabhadra during the return chariot festival at Puri, Orissa state, India, Sunday, July 26, 2015. (Source: AP Photo) Hindu devotees throng a chariot of Lord Balabhadra during the return chariot festival at Puri, Orissa state, India, Sunday, July 26, 2015. (Source: AP Photo)

Three people died on the spot while six others were injured due to electrocution after the chariot of Lord Jagannath they were pulling touched the over head high tension electric wire at Vapi in Valsad district, on Sunday evening. The injured ones were rushed to the hospital where their condition is reported to be critical.

On the day July 18, the procession of Lord Jagannath was taken out from Jagannath temple in Dunga village in Vapi talukas of Valsad district. The Lord Jagannath chariot stayed for nine days at Amba Mata temple in Vapi.

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Several people participated in the procession and pulled the ropes to move the chariot. On its way back to Dungra village, the iron flagpole on the top of the chariot touched the over head high tension wire.

Nine people, who were pulling the rope to move the chariot, got severe electric shock. Dakshin Gujarat Vij Company ltd officials immediately rushed to the spot and disconnected the power supply. The injured ones were immediately rushed to Hariya hospital and Usha hospital in Vapi, said police sources.

Three rope pullers died on the spot while six others sustained severe injuries, and doctors reported that they are in critical condition. The deceased are identified as Harihar Shetty (50), Adarsh Ray (19), and Kartik Behra (21), all residents of Vapi, while injured ones are identified as Bharat Das, Ramesh Nayak, Abhimanyu Das, Prakash Shahu, Suman Shahu, and Bajiram Behra, all residents of Vapi.

The procession later in the evening reached Dungra village. Valsad police had started probe into the incident.

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