Electrocution death: NHRC wants report by power secy by Mar 22
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Last Updated: Wednesday, March 02, 2011, 18:58
New Delhi: Taking note of death of three persons due to electrocution in a pool of water on a city road, the NHRC has asked the Delhi power secretary to submit a report on it by March 22, failing which he could be summoned.

The direction came on February 15 as the secretary in the department of power did not give a report on the issue within the stipulated time of four weeks as asked by the commission on December 7 last year.

However, a letter from the power department on February 24 said that the relevant documents "are not traceable in this office" and requested that the same may be "sent to this office so that the requisite report" could be sent.

"The department is saying that the complaint is untraceable. However, the copy of the complaint, the first letter from NHRC and the February 15 letter from the Commission were sent on the same address," lawyer and rights activist Radha Kanta Tripathy, who had filed the petition before the Commission, said.

Three persons, including a father-daughter duo, were electrocuted after coming into contact with a live wire in a pool of water on a road in Sanjay Gandhi Transport Nagar on November 17. Arguing that it is a case of criminal negligence on the part of government officials, the petitioner sought a probe into the matter and compensation to victims' families.

The NHRC had on December 7 asked the power secretary to take appropriate action and submit an action taken report in four weeks. It had on February 15 sent a reminder asking the official "to submit report within four weeks failing which the Commission shall be constrained to issue coercive process under section 13 (relating to summoning) of the Protection of Human Rights Act, 1993".


First Published: Wednesday, March 02, 2011, 18:58

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