NHRC notice to Delhi govt, MCD, pvt firm in boy drowning case

New Delhi, Feb 25 (PTI) The National Human RightsCommission (NHRC) has asked the Delhi government, MCD and aprivate healthcare group to submit reports within four weekson the death of a boy who drowned in an open pit near ahospital construction site here.

The rights body has taken suo motu cognizance of a mediareport on the death of 12-year-old Abhishek and issued noticesto the three.

The boy, a student of class IV, was playing with hisfriends near the construction site of Max Super SpecialityHospital in Haidarpur village on February 19 when the mishaptook place.

"According to the report carried on the February 21...he(Abhishek) slipped and fell into a 12 ft deep pit which had noboundary wall and no watchman to caution the people," theCommission said in a statement today.

It was also reported that a case under Section 304(A) ofIPC has been registered at the Shalimar Bagh Police Stationagainst the hospital authorities -- Max Healthcare InstituteLtd -- for causing death due to negligence, the NHRC noted.

"The contents of the press report, if true, raise seriousissues of violation of human rights of the deceased due tonegligence of the hospital authorities, the government of NCTof Delhi and the Municipal Corporation of Delhi for notensuring safety precautions and construction guidelines," theCommission said.

Accordingly, it has issued notices to the ChiefSecretary, Delhi government, the Commissioner, MCD and theDirector of Max Healthcare Institute Ltd "calling for theirreports in the matter within four weeks".

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