Noida: A 45-year-old man got electrocuted from a 33 kV high-tension line in the morning at a construction site in Atta Gujran village in Dankaur area in Uttar Pradesh. Following the Monday incident, protests erupted in the area in Gautam Buddha Nagar District as the victim was identified as the cousin of a local Samajwadi Party functionary Shoaib Lutfi.Also Read - Delhi: Youth Congress Carries Candle March Against Rape-Murder of Minor Dalit Girl

The incident took place when Shakir, the cousin of SP functionary Shoaib Lutfi, was working on the first floor of an under-construction building, reported Times of India.  As soon as news about the electrocution spread, a number of villagers gathered at Baba Sukhamal Hospital in the area where Shakir was admitted. Also Read - Coimbatore: College Student Climbs Atop Train, Electrocuted

Police claimed that during the construction work, Shakir held an iron rod, which accidentally came in contact with a high-tension wire. Shakir’s co-workers had a difficult time separating the iron rod from him. The electrocution left burns on the victim’s feet and hands. Soon, Shakir succumbed to his burn injuries. Also Read - Man Electrocuted After Touching Electronic Panel in Garibrath Express in Ajmer

A villager named Ramesh Chand was quoted by the daily as saying, “His death sparked protests from the locals along with supporters of Lutfi who sat on the Deen Dayal Upadhyay chowk with the body.”  Protesters blamed Pashchimanchal Vidyut Vitaran Nigam Limited (PVVNL) letting high tension wires hang over the village without any safety rules. They demanded that police file an FIR against PVVNL. However, the police assured them that action would be taken after a preliminary inquiry into the root of the case.

 In yet another incident this year, a 50-year-old farmer was electrocuted to death on November 22 after he came into contact with a high tension electrical wire. The victim, identified as Ramesh, was riding a buffalo cart when the accident took place at Ghari Bahadurpur village in the district, stated police.