Bengaluru electrocution death: For no mistake of hers, we lost our … – The Indian Express

“She was the only one who had a job in hand and was the pillar of our family. It will be very hard to come to the terms that we have lost her,” said Somashekar, father of 23-year-old Akhila who died of electrocution on a flooded road in Bengaluru.
Akhila, a B Com graduate, worked at a dance school and was returning home on a two-wheeler around 9.30pm on Monday when her scooter broke down on a flooded road between Varthur Kodi and Kundalahalli. She lost balance and fell into the water. As she got up, Akhila held an advertisement board on the road divider for support and got electrocuted.
According to her father, Akhila’s colleague Subramanya was tailing her on a bike and he shifted her to a hospital. But it took a lot of time as the road was flooded and passersby did not come to their help, he said. “We received the call from Subramanya and by the time we reached the hospital, she was no more,” Padma, mother of Akhila, said.
Somashekar has also filed a complaint against Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) and BESCOM, stating that their negligence led to the death of his daughter.
About an hour before the tragedy, Akhila had told her father that she would come home once the rain receded. “I had called her around 8.15 pm and she told me that she would come home once the rain stopped. I told her to be careful and we lost her. No parents should go through this pain. She had just started dreaming to keep the family happy by earning some good money,” Somashekar said.
Akhila has an elder sister who is married, and a younger physically challenged brother. Her father works as a part-time gardener and also rears cows.
Bangalore Electricity Supply Company Limited (BESCOM) in a statement said, “Soon after receiving a call from the public, power supply was disconnected and officials rushed to the spot. There was no BESCOM wire found around the hoarding.”
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