MUMBAI: In a possibly freak accident that ended in a tragedy, a teenager who was seated at a steel bus stop on Worli Seaface may have died due to electrocution caused by high tide on Tuesday evening. Pratik Bhamne (15) had appeared for his SSC exam and was waiting for his results next week.
Worli police, which registered an accidental death report (ADR) in the case, said officials are investigating the cause of electrocution.
“Prima facie, it appears that during high tide, the waves might have splashed on the bus stop made of steel and the illuminated advertisement board on it might have come in contact with the water. An electric charge might have passed through the steel body and since the boy was seated, he might have got electrocuted,” said a police official.
Akhilesh Singh, deputy commissioner of police (Zone III), said Worli police have been asked to probe the case. Investigating officers are also collecting reports from the Mumbai weather bureau to find out whether there was a high tide and whether the waves could rise so high and hit the bus stand. The bureau is likely to submit its report soon.
The issue was taken up at the BEST committee meeting on Thursday where Shiv Sena member Rajesh Kusale demanded a detailed probe by the BEST administration as well. “The incident has shattered residents of Siddharth Nagar in Worli where the boy lived with his family,” Kusale told the panel and demanded compensation for Pratik’s family.
“He was expecting his SSC results in a week. But it came as a shock to those who knew him that he was merely seated at the bus stop when he got electrocuted. The incident needs to be probed,” he said.