Bhubaneswar, Aug 31
The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has issued a show-cause notice to power distribution company Southern Electricity Supply Company of Odisha Limited (SOUTHCO) after it refused to pay compensation to an electrocution victim in Odisha, the complainant said Saturday.
The Commission has asked SOUTHCO, which distributes electricity in eight southern districts of the state, to reply to the show cause notice within four weeks, said Akhanda, managing trustee of rights organisation India Media Centre (IMC).
He said a 30-year-old woman, Sanjulata Tarei, died after coming in contact with a live wire in Krushnaprasad area of Puri district Nov 2, 2012. The live wire was hanging perilously low following incessant rains in the area.
SOUTHCO, while admitting the incident of electrocution, had informed the state government that its franchisee company Enzen Global Solutions Private Limited was looking after the operation and maintenance and should be asked to pay the compensation.
The NHRC did not agree with the view of SOUTHCO and said the supplier of electricity was liable for the damage caused, said Akhanda.
It described it as a “clear-cut case of negligence on the part of the supplier of the electricity in not maintaining the services in safe conditions”.
The NHRC has issued notice to the company to show cause why appropriate compensation should not be recommended to be paid to the next of kin of the deceased.