Reported by Chinmaya Dehury
Bhubaneswar, Feb 10:
Rejecting the Chief Minister’s order of a probe by the Revenue Divisional Commissioner (RDC) into the Hirakud boat tragedy that has so far claimed 28 lives, the state BJP today demanded a judicial inquiry into the mishap to get to the bottom of the issue.
Only a judicial inquiry can determine as to how the boat was being run in the dam without having necessary permission and basic safety standards in ferry transport.
“Parliamentary Affairs Minister Kalpataru Das has admitted in the state Assembly that the government has no information on whether the boat operator had the requisite license or not. Besides, no tender has been floated last year nor has a renewal been granted. The government has no mechanism to ensure the safety of people while travelling by boat,” said state BJP president KV Singdeo at a press conference demanding a judiciary inquiry into the mishap.
Replying to a query on why the party rejects the RDC probe, he said an RDC inquiry cannot get to root of the case as it will try to cover up the matter in order to protect the persons responsible for allowing the boat to operate without license.
He said a delegation of the party will visit the spot tomorrow after the visit of BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi concludes.
Stating that a series of such incidents had taken place across the country, state BJP pravari Chandan Mitra said the government of India should set up a commission of inquiry to look into the incidents and suggest measures to prevent such incidents.
Mitra assured that he and Dharmendra Pradhan will raise the issue in the Parliament and demand a debate on the issue.