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NPCL officials booked for transformer explosion tragedy

NPCL officials  booked for transformer explosion tragedy
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Greater Noida: Following the tragic death of three children who were charred to death in an electricity transformer explosion incident in sector Phi-III of Greater Noida on Wednesday afternoon, Gautam Buddh Nagar police have booked officials of Noida Power Company Limited (NPCL) who were responsible for upkeep of the cables at the transformer and the maintenance of sub-station. They have been charged for causing death due to negligence and under relevant Sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).

The deceased identified as Rinku (13), Golu (8) and Sagar (8), all natives of sector phi-III in Greater Noida were playing at the road situated near the electricity substation. All the three children were trapped with the live wires of transformer and were charred in the fire triggered by transformer blast around 3:00 pm on Wednesday.

The family members of the deceased alleged laxity from electricity department as they made several complaints regarding malfunctioning of the transformer but no one responded. They also complained that no attendant was ever appointed in the transformer room while the gates of the plot and shutter of room, where transformer was placed, remained open always.

Cops have sent samples from the site to the forensic science laboratory and after getting the expert's opinion, police came to the conclusion that the LT cable on the transformer premises was not kept in good condition and the concerned NPCL officials did not take precautionary measures, even though there was history of complaints made by residents.

"Based on the complaint received, an FIR under Sections 304A (causing death due to negligence), and 34 (common intention) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) has been registered against eight officials of NPCL including the CEO of board at Kasna police station of Greater Noida. The investigating officer is carrying out fair investigations into the case while actions will be taken against those responsible for the fatal incident," said Shwetabh Pandey, Circle Officer-I, Greater Noida.

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