AAPLU unit demands fair probe into lineman’s death 

BOMDILA, 17 Jun: The West Kameng district unit of the All Arunachal Pradesh Labour’s Union (AAPLU) has demanded a free and fair investigation into the death of lineman Harik Sangma.

Sangma, who was a regular government employee and was engaged as a lineman/labourer in the office of the power (electrical) department’s Bomdila division executive engineer, was electrocuted when he was restoring a fault in the 33 kv electricity pole in the Rupa Army Line near Maya bridge on 8 June at around 4:30 am, the AAPLU unit said.

Sangma succumbed to his burn injuries on the way to Tezpur (Assam), it added.

In a four-point charter of demand it submitted to the West Kameng deputy commissioner on Thursday, the AAPLU unit demanded a government job for the nearest family member of the deceased on compassionate grounds, besides adequate amount of compensation to the bereaved family.

The unit also demanded provision of sufficient safety equipments to the frontline staffers of the electrical department in Bomdila, besides a fair inquiry into Sangma’s death.

It threatened to “go for democratic movement” if its demands are not met within a month.

The AAPLU district unit also filed an FIR at the Rupa police station, and a case [No 10/2021 under Section 304 (a) of IPC] has been registered in this connection.

In its FIR, the AAPLU unit said that Sangma died due to “negligence/miscommunication between JE KC Aggarwal, Bomdila power (electrical) division, and staff of the MES army sub-station, Rupa.”