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Odisha HC notice on poor compensation to victim of school wall collapse


Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Cuttack, May 17:

The Odisha High Court has issued a notice to the collector, Keonjhar in a case questioning the quantum of compensation in the accidental death of a class-I student  at the Kolhabeda Ashram Schoolon October 3, 2013 and directed the listing of the matter for July 3, 2014.high court

A division bench comprising Chief Justice A.K.Goel and Justice A.K.Rath while hearing  a writ petition  filed by Madhav Soren, the father of the deceased girl, seeking a compensation of Rs 10 lakh, ordered issuance of a notice to the Collector Keonjhar on the question of quantum of compensation.

The petitioner, Madhav Soren, father of the victim, has moved the High Court demanding compensation of Rs10 lakh for the failure of the State to ensure the safety of a tribal girl who  was in a government-run residential school and therefore, under the care and custody of the State.

According to the young advocate and rights activist Prabir Kumar Das,the petitioner’s daughter Raimati Soren who was studying in Class-I at Kolhabeda Ashram School, a residential school run by the ST & SC Development department under Ghasipura block in Keonjhar district , was crushed to death on October 3, 2013 after a kitchen wall of the school caved in on her .

On the fateful day at about 6.45 AM Raimati and other students who were staying in the hostel of the Ashram School were brushing their teeth near the newly constructed kitchen shed when all of a sudden the side wall of the kitchen collapsed. While other students managed to escape, Raimati was crushed under the debris, the petition said.

The injured girl was immediately rushed to Keshadurapal Community Health Centre where she was declared brought dead.

On completion of autopsy the girl’s body was taken to her native village Billa Akhupal and cremated.

The district administration had immediately granted Rs 10,000 to the family of the deceased girl Raimati and subsequently the state government paid an ex-gratia of Rs 50,000.