Bhubaneswar, Sept 8 (LocalWire): The National Human Rights Commission has directed the Nabarangpur district Collector to furnish a compliance report on the death of a minor boy allegedly due to intake of toxic meal served at a government-run school.
The NHRC, responding to a petition by rights activist Radhakanta Tripathy, ordered the submission of a compliance report within six weeks.
At least 14 students had fallen sick and Gurubandhu Bhatra later died of food poisoning after eating the mid-day meal in February 2018.
The Collector and District Magistrate, Nabarangpur, was asked to submit proof that compensation was paid to the next of kin of the deceased boy.
Earlier, the school and mass education department had admitted to the lapse on their part resulting in the minor’s death and had appraised the NHRC of Rs 2 lakh ex-gratia payment towards the parents of the boy.
Two teachers were also suspended and departmental proceedings were initiated against them, the department had told the NHRC in a report submitted earlier.
The latest order by NHRC sought for the compliance report with proof of payment of the compensation.