Fact is often stranger than fiction, it is rightly said. The marriage muhurtham was half hour away. Everything was ready and the pundit’s intonation of mantras filled the hall. The bridegroom, 28-year-old V Akaiah, received a call on his mobile that was put on charging.
It was his friend who had called to wish him a happy married life, “thank you,” he replied and his voice suddenly trailed off and a scream rent the air. He was seen profusely bleeding by ear and nose. Panicked parents and relatives did not know what to do as their son, after a painful streak, was sinking. Someone summoned an ambulance. Akaiah was taken to hospital but he died in the hospital. That was on April 28. And the place: Jamisthanpur in Warangal district.
Three weeks after the tragedy, the Mamnur police who were investigating the case are still “waiting for post-mortem report!” DSP Mamnur Ch. Venkateshwar Rao told Postnoon that a case of accidental death has been registered. Did the police engage a tech-expert to find out the make of the mobile and trace out the trouble? The police officer was surprised. What for? he countered. “He died of electric shock,” the DSP declared. But then why wait for post mortem if the conclusion is already made? No answer.
Two days ago another recently married youth, B Anil Kumar, 26, a software engineer, died in a similar manner. His mobile charger was the culprit. It happened in his home in Uppal Budhanagar. The Medipally police station’s sub-inspector Moin Pasha termed it an “electric shock.” But the boy’s parents contest this. Again, no effort is being made to trace the trouble. At least three mobile-related deaths have been reported in the recent past and no effort by any authority has been taken to find out the cause.
In yet another shocking incident last month, a mobile phone burst set a room aflame in Begum Baazar’s Chudi Baazar under Shahinayat Gunj police station.
Postnoon spoke to mobile dealers. Samir Khanna and Ameen Uddin. The two dealers said that this happened due to unbranded Chinese mobiles and local chargers. Chinese mobiles are cheap and attractive which draw the uninitiated in mobile technology. They come in shining models and are very cheap. Often people trust them blindly and dealers have no clue from where they are brought in.
All this is despite the government in 2009 putting quality restrictions on mobile phones, chocolates and toys in a measure for unfair practices and quality control.
Besides the lack of quality, the Chinese mobiles are found not having the IMEI (International Mobile Equipment Identity) number, which helps authorities to track the sale and use of the phones. “In this country, it is not the lack of law but corrupt law keepers who defeat the law,” remarked a senior advocate M Govinda Kumar.
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