Electrocution claims four lives during Muharram procession in India

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On Saturday, tragedy struck during a Muslim religious procession in India, where at least four individuals lost their lives, and seven others sustained injuries after accidentally coming into contact with a high-voltage wire. The incident occurred in the state of Jharkhand during the holy month of Muharram, a significant time for Shias worldwide, as they commemorate the martyrdom of Hussain (RA), the grandson of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), in the seventh century.

The fatal accident was triggered when a metal pole carried by some Shia devotees hit an overhead cable, resulting in the electrocution of the victims. According to Priyadarshi Alok, the Bokaro district police superintendent, four people lost their lives, and seven were injured in the unfortunate event.

Regrettably, deaths caused by electrocution are not uncommon in India, particularly during the summer monsoon season when waterlogging becomes prevalent. Official data indicates that approximately 11,000 people on average succumb to electrocution each year in the country.

The incident has brought sorrow and grief to the affected Shia community, and authorities are likely to review safety measures during such religious processions to prevent similar accidents in the future.