PDD Lineman died due to electrocuted in Kahara, Doda.


Jammu: A lineman of power development department (PDD) Mohd Iqbal Butt son of Dien Mohd resident of Kencha Kahara died after he received a severe electric shock while repairing a transformer at village Kencha area of Tehsil Kahara, district Doda. Iqbal Butt was shifted to sub-district hospital of Thathri where he was declared as brought dead by the doctors.
Member of Legislative Assembly from Inderwal, Ghulam Mohammad Saroori expressed grief over the death. “Sad to hear of a Power Development Department worker demise at Kencha Kahara. My deepest condolences to his family,” Saroori said.
Mohd Iqbal Butt nimaz-e-jinazah was offered at Kencha village which was attended by thousands of people including Congress leader from Inderwal, Sharik Ahmed Saroori. After the Jinazah large number of people gathered at Kencha and accuses PDD department for its failure to remove wooden, rotten polls and barbed wires installed in the area.
While addressing the gathering, Congress leader from Inderwal, Sharik Ahmed Saroori demanded an inquiry into the death of lineman who was the only bread earner of his family. He asked Executive Engineer PDD Kishtwar to sanction the financial assistance should be provided to the family members besides a job under SRO-243 to the son Tariq Hussain Butt of the deceased. He asked Police and PDD department to conduct a fair and transparent enquiry into the incident in a time bond manner to ascertain the truth behind the death.
On the wooden, rotten polls and barbed wires installed in the area, Sharik Saroori Rs. 104 crores have been sanctioned for the improvement and up gradation of electricity including a receiving station for Kahara area under RGGVY phase II and Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Gram Jyoti Yojna by UPA II government.
Sharik Saroori described both the scheme envisaged to provide continuous power supply to rural areas, a non-starter, saying the PDP-BJP dispensation has failed to initiate even the preliminary process in this regard. “Like every other scheme, the BJP has been creating much hype over development but on ground zero nothing is visible”, He said by not showing any inclination to implement the RGGVY phase II and DDU Gram Jyoti Yojna, the present dispensation has negated and put into back burner the already existing rural electrification scheme, which may prove detrimental in achieving the objective of electrifying rural areas. He lambasted PDP-BJP Government for its inability to initiate the RGGVY phase II and Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Gram Jyoti Yojna in Jammu and Kashmir, saying this proves beyond doubt the incompetence and lack of bandwidth of the present dispensation to carry forward so-called developmental agenda in the state. He further added that with these schemes all the electricity problem not only of Inderwal constituency but of whole Chenab valley will get solved that will give sigh of relief to the common masses of rural and far flung areas.
He also announces funds under the constituency development funds (CDF) of MLA Indewal, Ghulam Mohammad Saroori for installing the three link sets from Kahara to Kecha areas.
Executive Engineer PDD Kishtwar, Mr. Niaz Ahmed said that a departmental enquiry has been constituted and the guilty persons will be soon brought to justice. He also assured that funds will released from the Welfare Fund to the deceased family members and said he will pursue the SRO-43 case to the deceased son himself in the Chief Engineer PDD Jammu office for sanctioning.
Sub Inspector Kahara said an FIR has been lodged at police station Kahara and an investigation has been ordered to ascertain facts that led to the killing of the lineman. He assured the general public that an enquiry will be conducted without any pressure or politicians and the case is being closely monitored by the administration.
Later Sharik Saroori, Xeen PDD, SI Kahara, Haji Ghulam Mohd Mir, Chenab Youth Volunteers, local peoples stayed with the bereaved families, consoled them, offered fateh and expressed their sorrow over the sad demise of the head of the family. They prayed to the Almighty Allah for blessing peace to the departed soul beside a place for him in heaven. They also prayed to Almighty Allah to give strength to the family members of the deceased to bear irreparable loss.


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