Paradip, Jan 7 (LocalWire) The Odisha State Commission for Protection of Child Rights (OSCPCR) asked both administration of Jagatsinghpur and Kendrapada for a detailed report regarding the boat tragic mishap happened in Mahanadi river in Hukitola Batighar.
District Child Protection Officer Kahnu Charan Rout said: “The death of eight children in Hukutila boat tragedy is a very sensitive issue. So, OSCPCR has asked both administration of Jagatsinghpur and Kendrapada for a detailed report regarding it.”
“Administration would press revenue and fishery officials to conduct inquiry about the lapses in safety measures and the report will be submitted to OSCPCR as early as possible,” he said.
Even after four days of boat mishap, the state government has yet not taken any action against officials for lapses in safety measures and illegal ferrying, said sources.
As many as 10 lives, including 8 children and two women, were lost in the boat tragedy.
Two boatmen were arrested after the incident. But police had to release them unconditionally under pressure and stir by local people.
Meanwhile, though the state fishery department has conducted an inquiry about the reason behind the mishap, persons responsible and steps to prevent such incidents in future, no action has yet been taken against the accused.
There are hundreds fishing community villages in these two districts but neither the department, nor administration has yet served notices to all of them asking them not to take tourists for pleasure trips on fishing boats.
Sources said a small fishing boat, having a capacity of only 10 to 15 people, was carrying about 55 persons, that led to its capsize due to overloading in Mahanadi near Hukutila Batighar on Jan 2 on its way back from a picnic spot.