Pune: A 20-year-old youth was rescued from a high tension electric pole in Chinchwadgoan on Sunday by a team of the Fire Brigade. According to Fire Brigade officials, the youth, a resident of Chinchwade Nagar in Shriram Colony, climbed the 40-feet high pole at 5 am. His motive for doing so are not clear at present.
After seeing him on the pole, residents of the area informed the Chinchwad police station. The youth was rescued safely within an hour.
DM Borkar, PSI at Chinchwad Police Station, said, “We received a phone call from Chinchwade Nagar at 7 am on Sunday. We informed the MSEDCL and the Fire Brigade immediately, after which the MSEDCL cut off power supply to the pole.”
The electric pole had a 22 kilo watt high tension line. The supply of electricity was turned off for two hours during the rescue operation. Ashok Kanade, in-charge of Sant Tukaram Nagar Fire Station, Chinchwad, said, “Our team, along with MSEDCL team, reached the location at 7.15 am. Before that MSEDCL had switched off the current. Two staffers of MSEDCL climbed up the ladder and tried to rescue the youth, but he refused to come down.”
Kanade added, “One of our staffers and I climbed up and tied up the youth as he refused to come down. After several attempts, he was rescued safely. It took us one hour to rescue him. He was sent to Yashwantrao Chavan Memorial Hospital.”
Simran Khan, the youth’s sister, said, “Since two to three days he was behaving weirdly as he was talking to himself or shouting without any reason. We got scared and we tied him to a chair on Saturday afternoon. But we felt bad about it so we untied him. At 6 pm on Saturday we went to our relatives’ place and he was alone at home for the entire night.”
Simran added, “After the rescue, we took him to Yashwantrao Chavan Memorial Hospital but due to unavailability of psychiatrists, he was referred to DY Patil Hospital in Pimpri. After examining him, the doctors said he does not have any mental issues.”