NHRC notice over Army neglect causing deaths

Published: 17th June 2013 09:04 AM  |   Last Updated: 17th June 2013 09:04 AM   |  A+A-

The NHRC has been moved against the Defence Secretary and the SSP of Agra over an Army negligence  leading to the death of two persons in Agra in April 2013.

The incident occurred when a material exploded while being dismantled at the house of Sobran Singh, a scrap dealer, 3 km from the Taj Mahal. The explosion, believed to be triggered by some inactive mortar shells, left two persons dead, including the scrap dealer’s son, and his mother injured.

The local residents, who regularly collect the material scrap after its use, rushed to the house as they heard a ear-splitting sound following the explosion and immediately took the injured to hospital. The unused and inactive grenades, shells and other parts of armaments, gathered by scrap dealers, provide brass and other material.

The negligence of the Army in disposal of the inactive mortar shells and disposal of scraps poses serious threat, alleged rights activist Radhakanta Tripathy who moved the NHRC for immediate action over the issue

He requested the NHRC to investigate the case, prepare a detailed report with recommendations and direct the Army to dispose of the scrap and inactive mortar properly.  He also sought a direction to the state for adequate compensation to the injured and the kin of the deceased.

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