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Khandagiri Accident: NHRC seeks Report from DGP

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The National Human Rights Commission(NHRC) has sought a report from Odisha DGP and Bhubaneswar Police commissioner over allegedly negligence of Police that leads to an accident at Khandagiri in which three persons were killed. Acting on a complaint of human rights activist Mr. Akhand, the NHRC has directed two senior police officers to submit report within four weeks.

KHANDAGIRI ACCIDENT.. (7)It is noted that three people have been died and 15 others injured as a truck entered in to  ‘no entry’ zone at Khandagiri Square in Bhubaneswar (Odisha) last December 1 evening. The deceased were Nijamudin Khan (20), an autorickshaw driver, Biswanath Sasmal (40) of Jadupur and Monalisa Samal (24), a native of Jharsuguda.

Akhand of India Media Centre had filled a petition before NHRC on December 3. He stated that the narrow road between the famous twin hills of Khandagiri and Udayagiri was declared a ‘no entry’ zone for heavy vehicles in July 2011. Commissionerate Police has a imposed a ban on entry of such heavy vehicles into city limit from 8 am to 10 pm.  But the execution of the ‘no entry’ order is far from reality, the petitioner alleged.

The truck was illegally possessed by a sand mafia and was engaged in transportation of sand and building materials. Then how a dumper was allowed entry into the city limits during the prohibited hours ? It is clear that traffic police are turning a blind eye to such vehicles. Had there been a restriction on vehicles, the mishap could have been
averted, said Akhand.

The petitioner prayed before the commission for compensation to the victims and action against guilty officials responsible for the incident.

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