Professor, Son Electrocuted In Kathua

KATHUA  — A professor and his son were electrocuted on Monday while his daughter was critically injured after they came into contact with live wire in Kathua district of Jammu and Kashmir, police said.

Prof. Naresh Gupta (52), dean faulty of social sciences in the Cluster University of Jammu, was clearing rain water from the roof of his house at Shiva Nagar when he received an electric shock and fell down.

His son Jattin (30) and daughter Preeti (22) rushed to his rescue, but they too fell down due to the shock, police said.

Gupta’s wife later cut off the power supply to the house. She rushed the trio to the hospital with the help of neighbours, they said.

The professor and his son were declared brought dead, while Preeti has been referred to Government Medical College at Jammu for specialised treatment, police said.

According to police, overnight rains had caused blockage in the water outlet from the roof of the house, leading to short circuit in an air conditioning compressor unit kept there.  

Meanwhile,  the Higher Education Department has condoled the demise of Prof. Naresh Gupta, Dean of Social Science in Cluster University Jammu.

The officer and officials of Higher Education Department led by Commissioner Secretary Sarita Chauhan observed two minute silence and prayed to the Almighty to give peace to departed souls.

Prof. Gupta started his career in Education Department as Assistant Professor in Political Science and he had served as Principal in Government Degree College Bani and Hiranagar also.

The Commissioner/Secretary HED appreciated the role of Late Prof. Naresh Gupta as a dedicated teacher and academician who worked with dedication and enthusiast.

The department further expressed to extend full support and assistance in early settlement of service matter of Prof Gupta to provide solace to the family in difficult times.

(With PTI Inputs)

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