ITBP case: SC issues notice to Centre, UP govt
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Last Updated: Monday, March 07, 2011, 21:13
New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday issued notices to the Centre and Uttar Pradesh government on a PIL seeking a probe into a mishap in which 18 persons lost their lives while travelling on a train roof in the state.

A bench comprising justices BS Reddy and SS Nijjar sought response from the state government and the Indian Railway on the probe into the incident after it was alleged that no inquiry has been conducted into it and authorities are blaming each other.

The court passed the order on a PIL filed by an advocate who pleaded that an independent probe is required to fix the culpability on the concerned authority.

"Various agencies are engaged in a blame-game, making allegations against each other and shirking their responsibilities in the matter. It is an appropriate and fit case in which indulgence of this court is warranted," the petitioner AK Gupta submitted.

A tragedy had occurred at Hathaurda in Uttar Pradesh during the recruitment process of ITBP (Indo Tibet Border Police) in which more than two lakh candidates had appeared. ITBP aspirants travelled on the roof of a train and 18 people were killed after being hit by an overbridge.

Blaming the ITBP for not making proper arrangement for the candidates, the petitioner said "ITBP had totally overlooked and did not consider these realities and practical difficulties faced by the candidates".

Gupta submitted that instead of providing relief to the victims of the tragedy, the Home Ministry, the UP police and the Railway administration has started blaming each other and shirking their responsibilities.

The petitioner also contended the deceased's families should be granted compensation.


First Published: Monday, March 07, 2011, 21:13

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