New Delhi: The National Human Rights
Commission (NHRC) has sought a reply from Delhi government on
a complaint alleging that several children lost their lives by
falling into open manholes in last few months in the capital
due to negligence of the authorities concerned.
Issuing a notice to the Delhi chief secretary in this
regard, the Commission recently asked the officer to submit a
report within four weeks.
The Commission took cognisance of the matter on October 15
on the basis of a complaint filed by a rights activist and
lawyer Radhakanta Tripathy.
In his complaint, Tripathy claimed that six-year-old
Mohammed Faisal died after falling into an uncovered manhole
in Usmanpur area in north east Delhi on September 18. The boy
was playing with his friends when he slipped into the open
drain and died.
Another six year old boy, identified as Adil Raja, died
after falling into an open manhole in Shaheen Bagh in Jamia
Nagar early on August 10. His body was later spotted by
children playing on the street, he claimed.
Two more children were killed in separate incidents in New
Ashok Nagar and Welcome colony after falling into open
manholes, he claimed and pleaded the commission to recommend
adequate monetary relief to the family of the deceased.
"All these incidents amounts to criminal negligence on the
civic authorities for which no action has been taken against
anyone so far," Tripathy charged.
He alleged that open manholes are endangering human lives
in several locations of the capital but civic authorities are
"callous and negligent" towards the problem.
"They (civic authorities) feel that the arm of law can`t
reach them," he charged and demanded that the commission
should inquire into the matter and take suitable action to
protect the rights of the people.