NHRC notice to Delhi govt, MCD, pvt firm in boy drowning case
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Last Updated: Friday, February 25, 2011, 21:06
New Delhi: The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has asked the Delhi government, MCD and a private healthcare group to submit reports within four weeks on the death of a boy who drowned in an open pit near a hospital construction site here.

The rights body has taken suo motu cognizance of a media report on the death of 12-year-old Abhishek and issued notices to the three.

The boy, a student of class IV, was playing with his friends near the construction site of Max Super Speciality Hospital in Haidarpur village on February 19 when the mishap took place.

“According to the report carried on the February 21...he (Abhishek) slipped and fell into a 12 ft deep pit which had no boundary wall and no watchman to caution the people," the Commission said in a statement today.

It was also reported that a case under Section 304(A) of IPC has been registered at the Shalimar Bagh Police Station against the hospital authorities -- Max Healthcare Institute Ltd -- for causing death due to negligence, the NHRC noted.

"The contents of the press report, if true, raise serious issues of violation of human rights of the deceased due to negligence of the hospital authorities, the government of NCT of Delhi and the Municipal Corporation of Delhi for not ensuring safety precautions and construction guidelines," the Commission said.

Accordingly, it has issued notices to the Chief Secretary, Delhi government, the Commissioner, MCD and the Director of Max Healthcare Institute Ltd "calling for their reports in the matter within four weeks".


First Published: Friday, February 25, 2011, 21:06

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