Bangalore Court summons Hathway, BESCOM, BMP officials

BANGALORE: The 10th Additional City Civil and Sessions Special Court (electricity act) Bangalore has issued summons against Hathway Cable Network Bangalore, Bangalore Electric Supply Company (BESCOM), junior engineer Ramanjanappa and Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BMP) assistant executive engineer Govindiaih on the death of a young boy Anish who lost his life in July due to electric shock from a loosely hung live cable wire.

The court has asked the parties to appear before it on 5 February 2005 for a hearing.

The summons is issued based on a report by electrical inspector KS Anjanappa to the court on the tragic incident. Anjanappa in his report stated the negligence by the above three persons resulted in the unfortunate death of the boy.

The incident lead to a cable cutting spree by BESCOM under directions of the State power minister Revanna who held the cable operators responsbile for the death. Cable operators, in protest, stopped work which resulted in cable blackout across the Bangalore city.

Three enquiries by three different bodies had held the BESCOM officials and the BMP officials primarily responsible for the mishap.

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