KATHUA, Jan 14: A lineman was roasted alive while working at 11 kv line in Kerian Gandyal area of the district today.
According to reports the lineman Des Raj S/o Girdhari Lal who was an employee of the Power Development Depar-tment (PDD) was roasted alive after another employee restored the power while he was still working on the line to remove the fault.
Being a local resident soon after the death people of the area assembled and launched a strong protest against the PDD. The panic gripped the area as protesters did not allow the body to be lifted from the area accusing the Department of negligence.
Later the Chief Engineer, M&RE, Revenue officers and SHO Lakhanpur reached the spot and tried to pacify the people who did not budge demanding assurance from the Department that the family be paid adequate compensation and the children of deceased will be rehabilitated.
Later the Chief Engineer assured them that the children of the deceased lineman will be rehabilitated and the family will also be paid compensation. The Revenue authorities also assured to pay relief through Red Cross to the family of deceased. On this assurance they allowed the body to be taken for postmortem.
After conducting the postmortem of the body it was handed over to the family for cremation.
Meanwhile police has arrested the incharge JE of the area for negligence and registered a case under Section 304 CRPC in this regard.
The Police have also started investigation in the matter.