In a shocking piece of news, a 23-year-old woman in Bengaluru died of electrocution on Monday - September 6 after her vehicle fell on a flooded road. The demise got added to the already shelving of horrific events in the city that has been suffering from incessant rainfall and heavy inundation for the first time in several decades.
According to reports, 23-year-old Akhila died after she accidentally came in contact with a live electric pole. The incident occurred at around 9.30 pm on Monday near the Whitefield area in the city. It has been reported that Akhila was working in the administrative department of a school and she was returning home when her two-wheeler got skidded when she was crossing an inundated road.
When the vehicle got skidded, she tried to grab a nearby live electric pole for support. However, she was electrocuted and fell on the road. She was then rushed to a hospital where she was declared dead. The incident has triggered a massive outrage against the government which is already facing public outcry for its apathy in addressing the crisis.
Several people have questioned the BJP-ruling Karnataka government for its mismanagement and negligence. The girl's family has blamed the city civic body Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) and the Bangalore Electricity Supply Company Limited for their negligence and improper handling of the electricity.
Her death has sparked a massive fury on social media where the people slammed the state government. A Twitter user wrote, "Accountability and responsibility are what is missing. A 23-year-old girl died near the Sarjapur area of Bengaluru due to electrocution. Severe water logging led to her death. Akhila was returning home on her scooter and due to flooding, she lost balance and hit an electric pole."
Reacting to the death, BBMP Commissioner Tushar Girinath said, "it is unfortunate that we lost a life. We don't know how she got electrocuted. We have an electric inspector who will investigate and submit a report. Bengaluru witnessed this kind of rain after 1998." He further said that the Mahadevapura constituency is flooded as it is a low-lying area. We are trying to set things right. We will demolish illegal encroachment in the days to come."