Reported by Chinmaya Dehury/Edited by Swetaparna Mohanty
Bhubaneswar, Nov 1:
The Odisha Human Rights Commission (OHRC) Monday ordered Central Electricity Supply Utility (CESU) to pay a compensation of Rs 2.5 lakh to Anupama Moharana and her husband of Benupur village for the death of her mother-in-law after coming in contact with a live conductor, said a government release today.
In a petition to the OHRC on April 16, 2012, Anupama Moharana of Benupur village under Balianta police limits in Khurda district had claimed a compensation of Rs 10 lakh and a job for the death of her mother-in-law Brahmani Bewa and towards the pain and suffering she had to undergo after coming in contact with a live conductor on April 11, 2012.
The conductor had got snapped from the main electric line on April 10, 2012 night due to a storm and the CESU’s negligence had left the conductor charged. The following morning, Anupama came in contact with the live conductor while coming out of her house and screamed aloud on receiving electric shock. On hearing her scream, her mother-in-law pushed her aside and clutched the live wire and fell dead.
The chief executive officer, CESU, had disowned the liability of the company to pay any compensation to the petitioner terming the incident to be an “Act of God”.
After conducting due inquiry, the Commission found that the incident had occurred solely due to lack of care and diligence on the part of the CESU and its functionaries.
The OHRC has asked CESU authorities to pay the compensation amount within two months of receipt of the order, failing which appropriate action will follow for its implementation.