Amputation of minor's arms: K-Electric, victim’s family reach agreement

Those arrested in the case are to be released, says court


Our Correspondent October 03, 2018
Muhammad Umer lost both of his arms after he was electrocuted due to contact with a high-tension wire. PHOTO: COURTESY VICTIM’S FAMILY

KARACHI: The case of an eight-year-old losing his limbs was settled by a court in Karachi on Wednesday after the victim's family and K-Electric (KE) said they had reached an agreement.

KE representatives and parents of the minor, Muhammad Umer, also informed the court that copies of the settlement had been submitted in the Sindh High Court (SHC).

The additional district and sessions judge accepted the request for a settlement between the parties and ordered those arrested in the case be released. The judge said if KE violates the agreement, the court could be approached again.

Amputation of minor's arms: K-Electric says not responsible for incident

Umar’s arms had to be amputated after a high-tension wire fell on him outside his home on the third day of Eidul Azha. When the wire fell on Umar, he tried to use his other hand to try and remove it, but the high voltage quickly gripped his body and caused severe burns on both arms.

According to his family, Umar was on his way to get groceries when the incident took place. Umar’s parents rushed him to the Burns Center at Civil hospital where he underwent surgery. While the doctors were successful in saving the child’s life, both his arms had to be amputated.

After the incident, K-E spokesperson said, “As per preliminary investigations, the incident was a consequence of the pervasive kunda wires to extract power through illegal infrastructure by some other elements where this unfortunate incident took place and the innocent child got injured.”

 

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