Rajasthan: NHRC issues notices over death of workers in sewerage well

New Delhi: The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) issued notices to the Chief Secretary and the Director General of Police of Rajasthan and to the Chairman of Jaipur Development Authority(JDA), calling for a report on the death of workers in a sewerage well within four weeks.

The Chief Secretary is directed to intimate whether the advisory issued by the Commission is being implemented in the State of Rajasthan, NHRC in a statement said.

The DGP is expected to inform about the present status of the FIR registered in the matter and action taken against the responsible officers/ agencies.

The Commission would also like to know the health status of the third victim, who is reportedly under medical treatment in a hospital, it said.

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The Chairman of JDA has been asked to submit report about the initiation of disciplinary action against errant public servant(s) under relevant service rules, due to whose culpable negligence two precious human lives were lost for not having been provided with the safety equipment.

What’s the matter?

The commission took suo motu cognizance of a media report that in Rajasthan two labourers died while conducting the repair work of a leaking valve in the 25 feet deep well of a sewerage treatment plant of Jaipur Development Authority in Kalwar area on 18th November.

One of their associates reportedly was pulled out safe by a police officer and is being provided medical treatment at a hospital.

Citing media reports, the rights body said the victims, who are cousins, were deputed to attend the work without providing any safety equipment to them.

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“The well is reportedly 25 feet deep in which the victims had entered to undertake the work and when they were trying to tighten the valve of the mainline, it broke, resulting in the sudden flow of the sewage garbage which flooded the well and both the victims came under it,” NHRC said.

The body expressed serious concern over the incident and said it happened despite it advising authorities of getting ‘such hazardous work done’ with help of machines.

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