Bolangir: A high tension electric wire today snapped accidentally and fell on five women labourers killing three of them and leaving two others critically injured at Ganapalli village in the district today.
The incident took place when the workers were engaged in planting paddy saplings in a field. The 11 kv wire passing over the land snapped on them killing two on the spot. Another woman among three critically injured succumbed on way to hospital. Two others have been admitted to a nearest hospital.
Palpable tension prevailed in the area following the mishap. Police and Energy department officials reached the spot and started inquiry.
Bolangir Collector ordered for a probe and assured the bereaved families of compensation. "I have asked the Sub-collector and Energy officials to go to the spot and investigate. The families of the deceased will be compensated as per guidelines after probe," Collector Ashish Thakare said.