11 killed in Tamil Nadu electrocution

11 killed in Tamil Nadu electrocution

Eleven people, including two children, have been electrocuted while riding in a temple chariot in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu. Another 15 people were burnt.

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The accident took place on Wednesday morning at Kalimedu in Thanjavur district of the state, about 360 km from Chennai, the capital of Tamil Nadu, state officials said.

“The injured are being treated at the hospital,” Tamil Nadu Inspector General of Police V Balakrishnan told local media. A case has been registered in this regard and investigation is underway.

In a video that went viral on social media, it was seen that the chariot was completely burnt after coming in contact with the power transmission line.

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin has expressed grief over the accident, saying he was “deeply saddened”.

He has announced compensation of five lakh rupees to the bereaved families.

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