Monday, December 8, 2014
PLAINT FILED WITH NHRC FOR COMPENSATION Monday, 08 December 2014 | PNS | BALANGIR | in Bhubaneswar
PLAINT FILED WITH NHRC FOR COMPENSATION
Monday, 08 December 2014 | PNS | BALANGIR | in Bhubaneswar
Human rights activist Dilip Kumar Das of Kalahandi has submitted a petition with the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) seeking compensation for death of one Sudhir Gadtya, a student of class VII of Kultapada School under Deogaon block in Balangir district months ago.
According to the petition submitted to the NHRC, Sudhir died due to electrocution when he came in contact with live 33 KV electric wires which were hanging low on March 22 last.
On the fateful day, the deceased child while playing with his friends came in contact with high voltage live wires passing over the school building and got severely injured. He was shifted to the Balangir district headquarters hospital and then to the VSS Medical College and Hospital, Burla. But when his condition further deteriorated, he was shifted to the SCB Medical College and Hospital at Cuttack. However, there he succumbed to his injuries, pointed out the petitioner.
It is a sheer violation of the guideline issued by the State Government to shift all the high voltage electric wires and transformers from the school and Anganwadi premises. The villagers had already lodged a complaint with the Wesco authorities on November 2, 2013 requesting them to shift the wires from the school premises but in vain.
Das requested the Commission to take cognizance of the matter, direct the State Government to pay interim compensation of Rs 10 lakh to the next of kin of the deceased, submit a report in two weeks, direct an impartial inquiry into the matter and initiate criminal cases against the erring officials.