The incident happened at Moula Ali, and the teenager reportedly suffered 72% burns.

Hyderabad Selfie shocker Teen electrocuted to death on top of train coachImage for representation: Wikimedia Commons/Nikhilb239
news News Thursday, March 30, 2017 - 07:53

A teenager in Hyderabad, who was taking a selfie on Tuesday while standing on top of a railway coach at Moula Ali, suffered from an electric shock, and succumbed to his burns later in the day.

According to the police, the deceased was identified as 13-year-old K Sai Kumar, who studied in class 7. 

The Times of India reported that Kumar and his friends visited Moula Ali railway station, after rumours that a movie shooting was taking place there. However, when there was no such thing, he and his friends began taking selfies, and jumped on top of a stationary coach. 

The TOI report adds that Kumar came in contact with a high tension wire and suffered 72% burns, before he was rushed to the hospital. 

Reports add that he was first rushed to the Gandhi Hospital for treatment, and later shifted to the Osmania General Hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries.

The number of selfie-related deaths in the country has been rising over the past two years.

Last year, five engineering students in Telangana drowned in Dharmasagar lake on the outskirts of Warangal town, where they had gone for an outing.

A student who survived the tragedy told the police that they were standing on the banks of the lake and taking a selfie when one of them slipped into the water and the others entered the lake to save him. 

A study conducted in 2016 by researchers from Carnegie Mellon University of the US and Indraprastha Institute of Information Delhi found that India recorded the maximum number of death by selfies in the world.

The year before that, The Washington Post reported that India accounted for about half of the 27 selfie-related deaths globally in 2015.

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