Hubballi: Quick action of HESCOM officials saved the life of a suicidal man who scaled a high-tension electric tower in a bid to end his life on Saturday, August 6.
People called the HESCOM officials about a man climbing the electric tower which supported an 11-KV line in Bidnala here. Even though they asked him to get down, he did not heed their requests. Some among the crowd called up the ESCOM officials informing them about the incident.
The HESCOM Executive Engineer Kirankumar quickly got into action to cut off power immediately. As the exact location of the tower couldn’t be ascertained, they isolated all lines passing in the area.
By the time the man had reached out to touch the high tension wire, electricity had been cut off, thus, saving his life.
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Bendigeri police and fire personnel also arrived at the spot. But by that time, the locals had persuaded the man to get down. The man, identified as Raghavendra Bellary, was later taken to hospital by his family members. He had taken the extreme step allegedly due to some family dispute.
Executive Engineer of Rural Sub-Division Kirankumar lauded the time presence of the passerby who alerted them. “We were able to take action immediately as a local person informed us in time,” he said.
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