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5 women burnt to death as electric cable falls on auto in Andhra

Those killed were agricultural labourers travelling to their farms. It is reported that the high tension cable snapped and fell on the auto when the three-wheeler rammed the electric pole. And then it caught fire.

HYDERABAD, July 1: In a shocking incident, five women were burnt to death and four others suffered severe burns when a high tension electric cable fell on the autorickshaw they were travelling in Sri Satya Sai district of Andhra Pradesh on Thursday morning.

Those killed were agricultural labourers who were travelling from Gundampalli to Chillakondayyapalli farms in the district.

The condition of the injured taken to a hospital in Dharmavaram town is stated to be serious.

It is alleged that the high tension cable snapped and fell on the auto when the three-wheeler rammed the electric pole, and subsequently it caught fire. The auto was carrying about 10 people. Five passengers were charred to death on the spot and four others suffered severe burn injuries.

The police who arrived on the spot doused the fire and took the injured to the nearby hospital. They have registered a case and are investigating.

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy expressed grief over the loss of lives and announced immediate relief of Rs 10 lakh each to the kin of the deceased.

Governor Biswabhusan Harichandan expressed anguish over the loss of lives in the accident.

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