2 kids electrocuted near Kandivali, bystanders watch
Two children died of electrocution at Vimladevi Chawl in Kandivali East on Monday night as pre-monsoon showers lashed the city even as onlookers stood helpless. Overcome by a fear of being electrocuted, the onlookers preferred to stay away rather than lending help to the duo.
As pre-monsoon showers lashed the city, the deceased duo identified as Rushabh Tiwari (10) and Tushar Jha (11) were playing in the water-logged lane near their house when they came in contact with a live wire.
According to the residents of Vimladevi Chawl, both the children were lying in the water for a few minutes after being electrocuted, yet no one dared to rescue them in the fear of being electrocuted too.“one girl tried to help them with a wooden stick but she in vain,” said a resident.
Both Rushabh and Tushar were students of Thakur Vidya Mandir High School. “Both of them went to school on Monday and were back home by evening. Since it was the first shower of the season, they wanted to go out and enjoy in the rain. Most of the children from the chawl were playing in the rain outside the chawl. Nobody realised that Rushabh and Tushar had moved away from the chawl to play in the water,” said Govind Prasad, another resident.
According to Dr Lekharaj, Chief Medical Officer (CMO) of Shatabdi Hospital, both boys were brought dead to the hospital. The bodies have been sent for post-mortem.
Blaming the electricity department for the incident, locals said that they had been complaining about electric wires and electric meters hanging open dangerously outside every household and shops in the area, but in vain.
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