Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Apr 15:
National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has sought a report from the Railway Board on the Rameshwar level crossing mishap in Dhenkanal district of Odisha in which one person was killed and five others were seriously injured on April 2 this year.
The notice came in response to a petition filed by young lawyer and human rights activist Prabir Kumar Das urging the Commission to direct the Railways to pay Rs 10 lakh as compensation to the family of the deceased and adequate compensation to the injured persons and initiate stringent action against the gate operator for his negligence in duty.
The mishap occurred when the gate-operator, while busy talking on his mobile phone, opened the gate in a hurry after a goods train from Bhubaneswar without noticing that a rail engine was approaching from the opposite direction.
While the vehicles were crossing the railway line, the rail engine hit a motor cycle and an auto-rickshaw and dragged them up to a distance of 100 metres.
The motor cyclist Sribatsha Sahu (40) of Sogarpasi village died on the spot, while five others – Siba Baral (12), Khusi Jena (2), Suhama Baral and Duryodhan Behera (35) and the auto-rickshaw driver Prasanna Majhi (32) – were seriously injured and rushed to Dhenkanal District Headquarters Hospital. Prasanna, Duryodhan and Siba were later shifted to SCB Medical College and Hospital at Cuttack after their condition deteriorated.