Malkangiri, Dec 29:
Three persons were killed and five injured after they came in contact with a high voltage live wire which got snapped from the poles and fell on them at a crowded weekly market in the cut off area across Balimela reservoir in Malkangiri district on Sunday. The condition of one of the injured is stated to be critical.
Unofficial sources, however, maintained that as many as seven people who were electrocuted, died on the spot.
The accident occurred at the weekly market at Jamaguda in Chitrakonda area in the inaccessible cut-off area across Balimela reservoir, considered to be a ‘Maoist’ area, when the 11 KV wire of the Rajiv Gandhi Grameen Vidyutkaran Yojna (RGGVY) accidentally got snapped, superintendent of police, Malkangiri, Akhileswar Singh said.
The injured are being treated at the nearby additional public health centre at Jodaamba. All the victims are tribals.
The place of occurrence being in the cut-off area, it will take at least 12 hours for health and police to reach the area , said local sources.