NTPC explosion: NHRC issues notice to UP govt, seeks report in six weeks

New Delhi [India]: The National Human Rights Commission on Thursday issued a notice to Uttar Pradesh government over blast at the National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC)’s Unchahar plant and sought report within six-weeks.

The notice has been issued through UP’s Chief Secretary after suo motu cognizance of media reports about the death of 20 people in the blast on Wednesday.

However, the death toll has risen to 26 with on Thursday. Sixty-six people are also injured in the incident at the plant which is in Raebareli district in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh.

The NHRC has sought a detailed report from the UP government within six weeks positively.

A detailed report is expected from the Chief Secretary, Government of Uttar Pradesh, within six weeks, positively, the NHRC said.

Expressing its concern over the incident, the Commission has observed that a high level probe into the matter is immediately required to ascertain the negligence and errors, if any, behind the incident, which involves the Right to Life. It has also said that there is a need to ensure that such tragedies do not recur in future.

The State Government has been directed to look into the matter and take utmost care to see that the families of the deceased are suitably compensated by way of monetary relief, without any delay. It has been asked to ensure that the best treatment is provided to the injured persons and steps are taken for their rehabilitation.

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