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Independence Day: Boy electrocuted while hoisting National flag in school

Independence Day: Boy electrocuted while hoisting National flag in school

August 16, 2021

A 16-year-old boy was electrocuted when an iron pole he was erecting in order to hoist the national flag on Independence Day came in contact with overhead wires in the premises of the Government Primary School at Karikere in Tumakuru in Karnataka on August 15. The deceased, Chandan along with his two other friends was erecting the pole, according to reports. Chandan, a class 10 student of a private school in Chikkathottalukere was an alumnus of the school and so were his friends. The report stated that his friends sustained minor burn injuries. The three friends were rushed to a hospital in Tumakuru where Chandan was declared brought dead and the other two are undergoing treatment.

A report quoted a police official saying that they have booked a case of negligence against the school teachers. The report stated that the teachers had asked the boys to erect the iron pole. The police said nobody had spotted the live wire. Although the school teachers in the vicinity reached out to help, but it was too late, the police said.

The news of his death sparked outrage amongst the local people who were protesting outside the hospital and the school. Local people alleged that the teachers of the government school were responsible and demanded strict punishment against the school, media reports stated.  

Deputy Director of Public Instruction C Nanjaiah was quoted by TOI saying that the boys had volunteered and claimed no teacher had told them to erect the flagpole. He further announced a compensation of Rs 1 lakh to Chandan’s family and said that the department will bear the medical expenses of the injured. He had also added saying the school had submitted applications to BESCOM seeking removal of overhead wires but in vain. Education Minister BC Nagesh later announced that a probe will be ordered in the case.

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