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Pay Rs 5 lakh to Itishree’s kin, NHRC directs state

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Bhubaneswar, Nov 8:

Castigating the state government for not providing protection to the lady teacher Itishree Pradhan, who died after being burnt at a private hospital in Vizag, the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) today asked the state government to provide an interim relief of Rs five lakh to the next of kin of the deceased and entrust the investigation of the case to the Crime Branch-CID.

The commission has asked the school and mass education secretary and DGP to furnish a detailed report within in this regard six weeks.

“The Commission has considered the material placed on record and notices that the victim lady had approached all the possible channels but no effort was made by the state authorities to address her grievances and to save her life. In these circumstances, the Commission asks the Chief Secretary,

Government of Odisha, to provide an interim relief of Rs. 5.00 lakhs to the next kin of the deceased, and have the entire matter enquired by CBCID,” said assistant registrar (Law) of the commission.

The Commission’s directive came on a complaint lodged by Monoj Jena, chairman of Human Rights Front, seeking its intervention in the matter.