NHRC notice to Delhi govt over man`s death in manhole
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Last Updated: Tuesday, April 06, 2010, 18:58
New Delhi: Taking cognizance of a complaint which accused the authorities of "criminal negligence" in the death of a man by falling into an open manhole here, the NHRC has issued a notice to the Delhi government and called for a report about the incident.

The rights body issued notice to Delhi chief secretary yesterday asking him to submit a report within four weeks, underlining that in default it may proceed to take action on the basis of the complaint as it would deem proper.

A city-based rights activist and lawyer Radhakanta Tripathy had filed a complaint with the Commission alleging that one Devender Prasad (45) died by falling into a manhole in East Delhi's Ramnagar area recently due to "criminal negligence" of the government agencies.

Tripathy alleged that after the incident, neither any action was taken against the "errant" officials of MCD nor the manhole was covered to prevent such incident.

Asking NHRC to intervene in the matter, Tripathy also alleged in his complaint that the dependents of Prasad, who is survived by three daughters and wife, were not given any compensation.

Referring to media reports, Tripathy said the deceased was the only earning member of his family. His elder daughter (21) is a final-year student of Delhi University. Prasad's second daughter is appearing in her class X exam while the younger daughter is in class VII.


First Published: Tuesday, April 06, 2010, 18:58

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