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CWC visits Odisha hotelier’s res to probe minor’s death


Bhubaneswar: A member of the Child Welfare Committee (CWC) today visited Pal Heights Hotel owner Satpal Singh’s residence here in the Odisha capital to inquire into the death of domestic help Tanu Das, who is said to be a minor.

Tanu along with Satpal’s younger son Gagan Pal Singh (39), daughter-in-law Bhabana Singh (38), granddaughter Suhavi Singh (12) and grandson Ruveer Singh (4) was charred to death in a devastating fire at their residence in the wee hours on Thursday.

“CWC has received information that a child who was working as domestic help in Satpal Singh’s residence has died in the fire along with four of Singh’s family members. The CWC through a letter has directed us to conduct an inquiry into the matter. It had directed us to speak to the deceased child’s mother and father to ascertain facts on exactly what had happened. After we submit our report to the CWC, it will take whatever action it deems fit in the case,” informed CWC Member Pratima Satpathy who was on a visit to Satpal’s house today.

“Satpal said his deceased son and daughter-in-law used to deal with the deceased domestic help’s family and he didn’t have much idea. The deceased domestic help’s mother has told us that their daughter was of 15/16 years of age. But she claimed that she had no proof of that at present and would fetch Aadhaar Card from their native place in neighbouring West Bengal,” she added.