Patna: The Bihar Human Rights Commission (BHRC) on Thursday summoned the managing director of Bihar State Power Transmission Company Limited (BSPTCL) with an action taken report (ATR) in connection with the death of six children in Jamui district on January 30, 2014.
The commission had taken a suo motu cognisance of the newspaper reports about the deaths reportedly due to electrocution. It had directed the Jamui district magistrate (DM) and superintendent of police (SP) to hold a joint inquiry, especially into ‘administrative and criminal negligence’. The commission had also directed the power company officials to cooperate in the probe.
According to the report submitted by Jamui DM and SP, the family members of the deceased were given Rs 21,500 each under various government schemes while the South Bihar Power Distribution Company Limited also sanctioned Rs 2 lakh each in February. “The joint report also mentions about the non-functioning of vacuum circuit breaker at Malayapur grid substation at the time of occurrence and the low quality of high tension wire,” BHRC member Neelmani said, adding, “While the report mentions faulty power transmission equipment, it clears local power company officials of any slip-up.”
The commission then forwarded the report to BSPTCL managing director seeking his response by June 20. “However, no report has been received yet,” Neelmani said adding, therefore, the commission directs the MD to appear before the commission on August 8 with the ATR in the matter. However, if the report is received by August 6, his personal appearance will not be required.