NTPC mishap: NHRC seeks report from Yogi government

Virendra Singh Rawat

The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has issued notice to the Yogi Adityanath government in connection with the NTPC incident, in which several people were killed and about 100 injured yesterday when a blast occurred in the boiler furnace of a 500 mw unit.
Taking suo moto cognisance of the media reports over the mishap, the NHRC issued the notice to the state government through the chief secretary and seeking a detailed report within six weeks.
The Commission said a high level probe was needed to ascertain elements of ‘negligence and errors’ behind the incident, since it involves the Right to Life. It further stressed there was the need to ensure such tragedies did not recur in future.
Besides, the Yogi government has been directed to ensure that the families of the deceased were suitably compensated through monetary relief and best medical care was dispensed to the wounded.
In probably the worst industrial disaster in UP, about 30 persons have so far died, several of whom succumbed during treatment in the hospitals. Some of the grievously injured had even been airlifted to New Delhi for treatment.
Meanwhile, All India Power Engineers Federation (AIPEF) has sought an independent inquiry in the incident and also safety audit of all operating thermal power plants in India.

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