Transformer Explodes Killing 15 Including a Cop, 5 Homeguards in Uttarakhand

New Delhi: At least 15 persons including a police sub-inspector and five homeguards died and several others were injured when a transformer exploded on the banks of the Alaknanda River in Uttarakhand’s Chamoli.

This transformer was being used to electrify a bridge on the river built under the Namami Gange project.

The incident took place on Tuesday night. Prima facie reveals that there was a current on the railing and some victims were electrocuted.

Uttarakhand CM Pushkar Singh Dhami ordered a judicial probe into the incident. “This is a very unfortunate incident. Police, SDRF and rescue teams are present at the spot. Strict action will be taken against the guilty,” the chief minister said.

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