Three supporters of Jana Sena leader Pawan Kalyan were electrocuted to death and three others were wounded when a live wire came into contact with the banner they were erecting. The incident was registered from the area of Shantipuram in Andhra Pradesh's Chittoor district. The actor-turned-political leader's six followers had erected the banner for the actor's birthday event on September 2. The deceased was identified as Somasekhar, a 30-year-old, his brother Rajendra, 32, and his friend Arunachalam, 28.
Police say the accident happened at around 8:30 pm when the banner's iron railing came into contact with a live wire while the banner was being raised, Times of India reported. Police have registered a case for death by electrocution under Section 174 of the CrPC and are investigating the case. The Jana Sena party also declared financial assistance of Rs 2 lakh to the deceased’s relatives, while expressing its condolences. In a statement to the media, Pawan Kalyan expressed his condolences and stated that support for the family was his responsibility. Earlier the actor had repeatedly asked his fans not to celebrate their birthdays; however, sometime in June, the actor-turned-politician's fans launched celebrations.
This is not the first time Pawan Kalyan's supporters have died while erecting the actor's banners. Two of the actor's supporters had been electrocuted earlier in 2018 when they tried to raise a banner ahead of his visit to Payakaraopeta in Vizag. While installed, the banner came into contact with 33 kilowatt (KW) overhead cables which resulted in two deaths.