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Amputation case: Nepra announces legal action against K-Electric

ISLAMABAD: Announcing to take legal course against the K-Electric, the National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (Nepra) said the power supply company failed to meet the safety standards which resulted in amputation of arms of a young boy in Karachi, ARY News reported.

“The Nepra has initiated legal proceedings against K- Electric for failure to maintain its distribution network which caused safety accident of eight year old boy, Muhammad Umer,” a press release issued by the regulatory authority said.

Muhammad Umar was reportedly critically injured after a high tension wire fell on his left arm in Ahsanabad, a town adjacent to Gulshan-e-Maymar on August 24, 2018. High voltage quickly gripped his body and caused severe burns on both arms. Umer’s parents rushed to hospital where he underwent surgery resulting in amputation of his both arms.

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Taking swift action on poor maintenance of network and safety measures by the K-E, the authority had directed the electric supply company to submit a detailed report of accident in the manner prescribed under the performance standards along with causes and reasons of such accidents immediately by return fax.

“However, the K-E did not bother to respond and submit the report despite lapse of stipulated time period.

“In view of foregoing, the authority has decided to initiate legal proceedings against the K-E and accordingly a notice has been issued to the K-E for failure to comply with safety standards under the Nepra Laws and failure to provide the required information to its regulator,” the Nepra said.

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