Tinsukia: In an unfortunate incident in Pangiri in Assam’s Tinsukia district, 11 people lost their lives and over 20 were injured as a high-voltage cable came crashing down as a result of police firing.
The police started the firing in a bid to scatter a group of protestors who were attacking the police with sticks and stones. The bullets hit the high tension wire overhead which led to it falling on the protestors.
“A group of people from neighbouring villages laid siege to the police station on Monday morning. The mob was demanding the police to hand over to them five murder accused, who were arrested over a recent murder case,” a police official said.
The mob wanted to punish the accused for the murder, he added.
“The mob soon became unruly and started pelting stones at the police station. We started a lathi-charge but it failed to disperse the crowd,” the official said.
“Police then fired in the air to disperse the crowd. Unfortunately, the bullets hit the high-voltage electric wire overhead and it fell down on the agitators, killing nine of them on the spot and injuring over a dozen others.”
Two of the injured died later in a hospital, taking the toll to 11.
Although the situation was under control, there was simmering tension in the entire area, police said.
Meanwhile, Assam BJP president Sarbananda Sonowal expressed concern over the incident and demanded a high-level probe.
Sonowal, the union minister of youth affairs and sports, also announced Rs.1 lakh compensation to the families of each of the deceased and Rs.25,000 to those injured.
PM Narendra Modi expressed grief on the loss of lives caused by the falling of the electric cable in Tinsukia district. He prayed that those injured recover quickly. The PM also spoke to the Home Minister Rajnath Singh and asked him to immediately get in touch with the Assam government on the issue.
Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi conveyed his condolences through the following tweet: