Srinagar: The J&K High Court on Friday directed police to file investigation status within two weeks about the case of a government employee who died who died due to electrocution from concertina wire securing a CRPF camp in 2009.
Fayaz Ahmed, a class IV employee of Irrigation and Flood Control (I&FC) department was cleaning the canal at Hamdania Colony Bemina on July 23, 2009, near 44 BN CRPF Camp, when he slipped and touched the concertina wire securing the camp.
“It is really bad that an incident of such magnitude took place,” Justice MK Hanjura remarked while directing police to submit the investigation status.
According to the case file, the electric supply was illegally taken by the CRPF and no sign board was erected to warn that the wire was electrified.
“The Power Development Department is also responsible as they have not inspected the electric supply as per the mandate of law and are liable to pay compensation,” reads the petition filed by Fayaz’s wife and daughter.
Shahnaz Akhtar, Fayaz’s wife said that it was negligence on part of CRPF and PDD.
“These people have killed my husband. He was also doing his duties,” Akhtar said.
The case is registered in Police station Parimpora under under section 304-A RPC but police is yet to properly investigate the matter and the CRPF men have also not been charge-sheeted.
On previous hearing, the CRPF had stated that the wire had got “accidently electrified due to the melting of the insulation covering of the wire.”
A report submitted by Commissioner Secretary PDD Kashmir and Executive Engineer Electrical Maintenance Division PDD Budgam says that the CRPF connected the barbed fencing around the camp with electric supply without informing the department.
Petitioner Counsel, Ashraf Wani said that only names of the PDD officers have been identified as accused “who have already put blame by saying that CRPF personnel connected the barbed wire with electric supply themselves. The charge-sheet is misleading and shouldn’t sustain in the eye of law.”
“This case needs to be properly looked at and justice to the deceased and family of the victim which are in distressing conditions are entitled for compensation.”