Navi Mumbai / Two critical after Ganesh idol strikes power line in Navi Mumbai

The Hindu : Sep 13, 2019, 04:42 PM

Seven people, who were carrying a tall Ganesh idol belonging to a Ganesh mandal from Seawoods, suffered injuries from an electric shock on Friday at around 12.25 a.m. while exiting a flyover.

The idol known as ‘Seawoods Cha Maharaja’ belonged to Raje Shivchatrapati Ganesh Mandal of Sector 48, Seawoods.

“The procession crossed the flyover at around 12.15 a.m. and while coming down the Seawoods flyover, the tip of the Ganapati’s chair, which is also a part of the idol, touched the high tension wire. The electric current passed through the idol to the handcart, which was being pulled by seven people,” Deputy Commissioner Of Police, zone I, Pankaj Dahane said.

The injured have been identified Sagar Valika, Ashish Parkar, Shyam Jhavare, Prasad Pise, Harichandra Phalke and Yogesh Nikam. Of the injured, Mr. Valika and Mr. Parkar are serious.

“If the idol was carried on a tempo, this would not have happened as there would be a break in the electricity passing. It was raining and the chair of the Ganapati too had metal. When it touched the high tension wire, the feeder tripped immediately but some electricity that got leaked passed through the people who were in contact with the handcart, which too was metallic,” an official from Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (MSEDCL) said.

After an inspection by the electrical officer, the feeder was switched on again. A sewage treatment plant of Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation at Seawoods was the only consumer of the the high tension supply, hence no residential area was affected by the incident.

With the help of MSEDC officials, the police and the Mandal workers, the idol was later immersed in the pond. “We are conducting enquiries and no offence has been registered yet,” inspector Sunil Gavali from Nerul police station said.