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
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.