Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, June 30:
The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has held the Odisha government and the Electricity department responsible for deaths due to electrocution in two separate incidents in Khordha and Keonjhar districts and has sought replies from the state chief secretary as to why compensation will not be paid to the next of kin of the deceased.
One Rajkishore Paikray (55) of Haripur Nuagaon under Tangi block of Khordha district was killed due to electrocution on January 21, 2013. Paikray was killed on the spot as a live electric wire snapped over him while he was working as a labourer in a building under construction.
In the other case, Usha Nayak (50) of Pratapasi village under Champua police limits in Keonjhar district had died of electrocution on October 7, 2013 after coming in contact with a snapped electric wire.
Human Rights activist Akhand had brought both the incidents to the notice of the NHRC.
Acting on Akhand’s complaints the NHRC had served notices in both the cases to the secretary, Energy seeking replies. The Energy department had later sent its investigation reports to the Commission.
Adjudicating both the cases after going through the reports provided by the Energy department, the Commission has held the state government or the concerned power distribution utility responsible for the two deaths.
The NHRC has asked the state chief secretary to show cause within six weeks as to why a suitable monetary compensation/relief in a sum of Rs.1, 00,000 may not be directed to be paid by the state government or electricity corporation of the state government to the next of the kin of the legal heirs of the deceased Rajkishore Paikray
In the Keonjhar case, the Commission has asked the chief secretary to show cause within eight weeks why recommendations for payment of relief to the next of kin of the victim, Usha Nayak should not be made.