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Kopili Hydel Tragedy: NEEPCO employees bid teary adieu to victims, kins receive bodies

Bodies of the three NEEPCO employees who lost their lives at the Kopili Power electric project tragedy have been handed over to their kin. The mortal remains of Jayanta Hazarika

Bodies of the three NEEPCO employees who lost their lives at the Kopili Power electric project tragedy have been handed over to their kin.

The mortal remains of Jayanta Hazarika Manager of the Civil branch, Anupam Saikia Deputy Manager (Civil) and Dimaraj Juhuri, who was a contractual employee, were handed over to their families who were at Umrangso to take the bodies. The families of both Jayanta Hazarika and Anupam Saikia were there to receive their bodies. The employees of NEEPCO gave a teary farewell to their deceased colleagues as their kin took their bodies to their native places.

Meanwhile, Anupam Saikia’s grief-stricken parents were also there to take their son’s body back home.

The deceased were heading to close the intake gate of the reservoir when the incident took place. The exact location of the tragedy site is said to be in the 5 kilo area. It may be mentioned that incessant rainfall led to a rise in the water level downstream following which the intake level at the reservoir crossed the permitted limit. As per sources, maintenance work was going on at the site for sometime now but heavy rains in Meghalaya led to a sudden increase in water levels.

Meanwhile, locals who were present near the accident site when the tragedy took place blamed the NEEPCO administration for negligence towards the safety of its employees which led to the death of the three employees.

First Published: 27th March, 2022 15:04 IST

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