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Suspended NESCO officials get release order

  • Published at 10:14 pm September 10th, 2018
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A probe body formed concerning the electrocution incident on August 2 found that the deaths were caused by the negligence of certain clients and officials of Northern Electricity Supply Company

Fourteen Northern Electricity Supply Company Limited (NESCO) officials, who were suspended after eight people were electrocuted by a live wire belonging to the Power Development Board (PDB) in the Kadai village of the Sirajganj Sadar upazila on July 31, were given the release order.

NESCO collective bargaining agent Kamal Chandra Singh said the officials were given the order from the Sirajganj NESCO office on Sunday.

NESCO officer Jahangir Hossen Jewel, also a local Awami Leader, said he joined his new office on Monday on receiving the order, along with many other officials.

According to sources, a probe body formed concerning the electrocution incident on August 2 found that the deaths were caused by the negligence of certain clients and officials of Northern Electricity Supply Company.

The NESCO probe body submitted its report to its Rajshahi zone chief engineer Rezaul Karim on August 27, said the committee chief and NESCO’s Pabna regional superintendent engineer Abul Hossain.

The probe body found that company executive engineer, Abu Hena Mustafa Kamal, assistant engineer Shahnewaj, deputy assistant engineer Banee Amin, and meter reader Nurul Huda, did not disconnect the power supply despite the connections being illegal and unsafe.

The report recommended those responsible be punished.

On September 3 and 4, Zakiul Islam, managing director of the NESCO, ordered Rezaul Karim to suspend the 14 officials.

Eight people, including three schoolchildren, were electrocuted after they came in contact with power lines in the village of Kadai in the Sirajganj Sadar upazila, on July 31.

The incident occurred when a shop made of corrugated iron sheets was being relocated from an area of low-lying land to a relatively higher place, and the area was covered in flood waters following a downpour.