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NHRC directs UP Govt. to pay Rs 2 lakh in compensation for a electrocution death
The National Human Rights Commision, New Delhi, recommended to chief secretary of the governement of Uttar Pradesh to pay a sum of Rs 2 Lakh to the next of the kin of deceased Sobh Nath, aged 28, who was died in an electrocution accident on April 4, 2011 at Shambhar Khera under police station Maurawan in district Unnao.

Shambhar Khera, resident of Loliyan Khera was made to rectify fault on high tension electric pole by one Jumnan Khan, an employee of electric deparment. During the process of rectifying the fault, power supply was switched on from the power house which resulted in an electrocution death Sobh Nath.

'Janadhikar', a human rights organisation, is also pioneer in reporting the cases of electrocution deaths to provide justice to victims. This matter was reported to NHRC by Janadhikar Activist Anand Mohan Batham vide communication No. Janadhikar/Pari-NHRC/ 2011/73, dated July 24, 2011 which was subsequently registered as complaint No.30738/24/71/2011.

After number of proceedings the Commission considered the issue of death of Shob Nath due to negligence on the part of employee Jumnan Khan and concluded that the State is liable to compensate his next of kin. NHRC issued Show Cause Notice to the Government of UP through its Chief Secretary seeking response in six weeks time.

In its reply to the Commission the government of UP reiterated that the deceased had climbed over the pole unauthorisedly and there is no justification of awarding compensation in the matter. NHRC after finding the reply fixed the responsibility on the state's electricity deparment employee Jumnan Khan and recommended rupees two lakhs to be paid to next of the kin of deceased.

NHRC also sought compliance with a proof of payment with in six weeks. It is suprising and a rare case as apart from compensation to the next of kin of the deceased a chargesheet U/s 279/304A has been filed against erring electric personnel Jumnan Khan.

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