Saturday, June 18, 2011

UP cleaner deaths: NHRC issues notice to state chief secy

The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has issued notices to the UP Chief Secretary and the Lucknow Municipal Commissioner, asking for a detailed report within four weeks on the incident in which two young men were killed here after inhaling poisonous gases while cleaning an underground drain.
The youths were sent to clean the drains without face masks or any other safety equipment.
The commission has stated that in case of default, it would proceed to take such action as it deemed proper.
The commission took action on a complaint by Mohan Lal Panda, Advisor of People's Vigilance Committee on Human Rights. The complaint drew attention of the commission to the news report in The Indian Express on Friday, which stated that two men, Asgar Ali and Mahboob Ali, died in Lucknow when they were sent down to clean an underground drain without proper equipment. The incident took place on Thursday in front of the residence of PWD Minister Naseemuddin Siddiqui on Vikramditya Marg, a VIP area, and less than a kilometre from the Chief Minister's residence.
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Notice to Chief Secretary of UP

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