11 die in high-voltage electrocution during a procession near Tamil Nadu

Thanjavur (Tamil Nadu, India), April 27 (KMS): As many as 11 persons including two children, were electrocuted during a temple chariot procession in the Thanjavur district in the south Indian state of Tamil Nadu when it came into contact with a high tension transmission line, today.

Police said the tragic incident occurred early today at Kalimedu area of the district when the temple chariot procession was underway.

The temple car was negotiating a turn and faced some obstacle before being reversed when it came into contact with the overhead line, police and eyewitnesses said. The people standing on the chariot were thrown in the impact.

“A case has been registered in the matter and investigation is underway,” V. Balakrishnan, Inspector General of Police, Central Zone, Tiruchirappalli, told the media.

Three persons who had suffered injuries have been admitted to the Thanjavur Medical College.

TV visuals showed the chariot completely damaged in the impact.

The annual chariot festival in Tamil Nadu draws a large number of devotees every year.