NHRC notice to Delhi govt in water contamination case

Last Updated: Wednesday, May 19, 2010 - 20:50

New Delhi: The National Human Rights
Commission has sought a report from Delhi government, taking
cognizance of an incident in which two boys died and more than
50 people fell ill allegedly after drinking contaminated water
supplied by DJB here last month.

Issuing a notice to the Delhi government in this regard,
the NHRC has asked it to submit a report about the incident
within four weeks and said that "in default the commission may
proceed to take such action as it may deem proper".

NHRC took cognizance of the case on the basis of a
complaint filed by a rights activist and lawyer Radhakanta
Tripathy.

Filing the complaint on behalf of the victims, Tripathy
alleged that 10-year-old Ashiq Khan and and 14-year-old M
Javed Khan died and 50 other residents of Khorag village of
Chattarpur area in south Delhi fell ill after they consumed
contaminated water supplied by the Delhi Jal Board.

He also alleged that the Health Department and MCD were
not taking "appropriate" action in the matter. He pleaded to
the Commission to intervene and take "immediate" action.

Tripathy also pleaded that the Commission should
determine whether it was a case of criminal negligence on the
part of DJB.

PTI



First Published: Wednesday, May 19, 2010 - 20:50

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