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Casual approach led to death, punish guilty: PIL

Casual approach led to death, punish guilty: PIL

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 12

Just over 24 hours after Fatehveer Singh’s body was pulled out of uncovered borewell, a petition was today filed in public interest before the Punjab and Haryana High Court alleging casual approach leading to his death.

Seeking directions for formulating a policy on procedure to be adopted while digging and precaution to be taken to prevent such incidents in future, petitioner Parminder Singh Sekhon claimed that first 10 hours of the incident were wasted by the administration due to lack of guidance or absence of policy to be followed.

He added that a “very casual approach” was displayed towards the incident, resulting in the child’s death. As such, responsibility was also required to be fixed of all erring officers not performing their duty effectively to save a human life.

He also submitted that the adoption of “better measures” could have saved the child’s life. He said the developments that took place in Sangrur showed not only “inadequate preparedness on the part of the authorities, but also a lack of respect for life”.

The petition against the National Disaster Management Authority, the state, CM, Sangrur DC and other respondents, was placed before the vacation Bench of the High Court this morning. The matter will now come up for hearing on Monday.

Seeking report on all five days in which the child was stuck in the borewell, the petitioner also sought directions to the respondents to apprise the court “how the rescue operation got delayed by almost 12 hours”.

It was also sought that directions should be issued to the respondents to maintain law and order in Sangrur district on the ground that the death had turned into an emotional issue. Counsels for the petitioner Bikramjeet Singh Bajwa and Laghuinder Singh Sekhon also prayed for compensation for the grieving family.

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