Kota Electrocution: 1 Child Succumbs to Burn Injuries, 4 Others Critical


Published By: Pragati Pal

Last Updated: March 10, 2024, 21:35 IST

One of the 5 critically injured children, identified as Shugan (13), who was admitted to SMS hospital in Jaipur, succumbed to burn injuries around 1 am on Sunday. (Representative image/ News18)

One of the 5 critically injured children, identified as Shugan (13), who was admitted to SMS hospital in Jaipur, succumbed to burn injuries around 1 am on Sunday. (Representative image/ News18)

Around 20 people, 18 children and two others participating in a ‘Shiv Barat’ on the occasion of Mahashivratri received burn injuries after being electrocuted on Friday

A child who was in critical condition after being electrocuted during a Mahashivratri procession in Rajasthan’s Kota succumbed to his burn injuries, officials said on Sunday.

The condition of four other children remained critical, they said. Five children who received critical injuries in the ‘Shiv Barat’ procession were admitted to Jaipur’s SMS Hospital after initial treatment in Kota’s MBS Hospital.

One of the 5 critically injured children, identified as Shugan (13), who was admitted to SMS hospital in Jaipur, succumbed to burn injuries around 1 am on Sunday, MBS Hospital superintendent Dharmraj Meena said on Sunday evening.

Following the first death in the incident, police added relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code and Juvenile Justice Act against the organisers of the procession to the already existing charges against them.

At MBS Hospital, Meena said, five children were discharged on Sunday while eight others, which includes two adults, remained in treatment in the burn injuries ward.

Around 20 people, 18 children and two others participating in a ‘Shiv Barat’ on the occasion of Mahashivratri received burn injuries after being electrocuted on Friday. Initially, sixteen were said to be injured in the incident but two children with minor burn injuries turned up at the MBS Hospital later, according to the superintendent.

They were electrocuted after a boy holding a 22-foot iron flagpole came in contact with a high-tension power line passing overhead in the Sakatpura area. MBS Hospital superintendent Meena said one of the patients at the hospital suffered a complication and had to be given inotropic support. His condition was concerning while the rest were on the path of recovery, he said.

After the first case of death due to electrocution in Kota, police have added IPC sections 304 (A) and 336 and Section 75 (cruelty to child) of the Juvenile Justice Act in the FIR, SHO at Kunhari police station, Arvind Bhardwaj said. On Saturday, police had lodged a case under IPC sections 308, 338 and 34 against the three organisers Badrilal, Babulal and Gopal, he said.

The FIR against the organisers was filed based on a complaint by Mangilal, father of Shugan (13), the SHO said. Further investigation in the matter was underway, Bhardwaj said. The body of the deceased boy was handed over to family members after post-mortem on Sunday and last rites were performed later in the day, he added.

(This story has not been edited by News18 staff and is published from a syndicated news agency feed – PTI)



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