Fisherman dies by lightning in Rudra Sagar

By Our Correspondent

Agartala August 13 ,2019 : Tripura , along with other states of northeast, has been known to be lightning prone since long past but in recent years the incidence of lightning has grown in intensity . Environmentalists attribute this phenomenon to climate change , changing contours of cloud mass and other related factors. Nothing illustrates the point better than the tragic death of a fisherman in the Rudra Sagar lake of Melagar yesterday near Kemptali.

Police sources from Melaghar said that Basudeb Das (65), a poor fisherman and resident of Kemptali under Melaghar police station , had gone to catch fish with a net early in the morning . At at that heavy rian interspersed with lightning had started and Basudeb Das was caught in a vast open space in the middle of the lake . A massive lightning and thunder bolt struck him directly and he died on the spot . Having seen the floating boat in the lake other fishermen rushed to the spot and brought back Basudeb's boat carrying his lifeless body. He was pronounced dead in Melaghar hospital and later cremated . Basudeb is survived by his wife and two children . The secretary of ‘Rudrasagar Fishermens Co-operative society Parameshwar Das said that he would sanction an amount of financial assistance from the Samity's fund

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