Lightning strikes cops and villagers in Himachal while they were carrying a dead body, kills 2, injures 10
SHIMLA-Lightning strike in Himachal Pradesh killed two people and injured 10 others on Tuesday night. As per the report, the fatal strike of lightning struck Khadhan village in Rampur Sub-Division when some villagers and policemen including an SHO and Assistant Sub-Inspector were loading a dead body in a vehicle. Two villagers Gulshan (24) and Tara Chand (32) were killed on the spot while 10 others sustained injuries. One of the victims was reported to be critical, and was transferred to Indira Gandhi Medical College & Hospital, Shimla for treatment. Other victims are admitted at the Khaneri Civil Hospital.
According to Dy. Superintendent of Police, Dev Kumar Negi, villagers found a body of man named Nand Lal who had died of unknown reasons. The villagers presumed the man might have fallen off the cliff and informed the police station Rampur. ASI Hoshiyaar Singh and SHO Sanjeev Kumar arrived on the spot with some villagers for investigation. They had returned to the vehicle with the body when the lightning struck them.
The Sub-Divisional Magistrate has issued Rs. 10, 000 as relief to kin of each deceased and seriously injured. Remaining victims were given Rs. 4,000 as relief.
Most of the districts in Himachal were jolted by thunderstorm, heavy rain, hailstorms, and high velocity winds that still continue on Thursday.
Over 150 homes were damaged and incidents of fire were also reported due to lightning in Kangra. As per villagers in Khokhan village in Kullu, lighting strike fried their electricity meters, wires and appliances like TV and Fridge. The power supply was also hit in some areas after poles and wires were taken down by fallen trees.
In several places, felling of trees blocked roads and caused inconvenience to traffic flow. In Palampur, a man named Arjun (60) died after a tree fell on his small shop (dhaba).
Similarly, district Una and Hamirpur also witnessed rucksack created by thunderstorms. The temperature has also dropped after snowfall in tribal regions.
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