The accident at the stone mine had also resulted in the death of one of the co-owners of the mine.
New Delhi: The next of kin of two labourers, who died in an accident at a stone mine in Jharkhand’s Koderma district in 2019, got Rs 10 lakh each, after the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) intervened. The accident had also resulted in the death of one of the co-owners of the mine.
On September 16, 2020, the NHRC had registered a case based on a complaint which said the rescue operation to look for the trapped labourers and the others was taken up only after five hours of the accident.
In a statement, NHRC said, “In response to the notices of the Commission, the Dy Commissioner, Koderna informed that a case under various sections of the IPC had been registered on November 10, 2019 against the mine owner for his negligence. After investigations, a chargesheet was filed in the court in July 30, 2020.”
It added, “Even as the court proceedings in the matter are pending, the mine owner on October 26, 2021 paid Rs 10,00,000 each to the NoK of the two deceased labourers since the commission sent the first notice on November 13, 2020 to the District Magistrate, Koderma, calling for reports into the matter.”
Open hearing and Camp sitting in Ranchi
In a separate communication, the NHRC said a delegation led by its Chairperson Justice Arun Mishra, will visit Ranchi for the ‘Open Hearing & Camp Sitting’ scheduled to be held on August 16.
“After the hearing of the cases, the delegation will be visiting the mental health care institutions in Ranchi, followed by a workshop on August 17 and 18,” the statement said.
NHRC will hear 53 cases of human rights violations in the presence of the complainants and the public authorities during the open hearing and camp sitting at the Jharkhand Judicial Academy on August 16 from 2.30 pm to 4.30 pm.
The statement further said, “On August 17, 2022, the NHRC delegation will be visiting Ranchi Institute of Neuro-Psychiatry & Allied Sciences, Kanke, Ranchi, Jharkhand and Central Institute of Psychiatry, Kanke, Ranchi to have first-hand knowledge of the present condition of these mental health care institutions.”
Later, on August 18, the NHRC, in collaboration with the Jharkhand Government, will organise a workshop on the issues and challenges being faced by the Ranchi Institute of Neuro-Psychiatry & Allied Sciences and Central Institute of Psychiatry. “It is also aimed at sensitising different stakeholders on various aspects of mental health care. The participants will be different stakeholders, including the mental health care experts and senior government functionaries,” the statement said.
A spokesperson said, after the workshop, NHRC will hold a separate meeting with senior officers of the Jharkhand government and discuss various aspects related to human rights and quick submission of reports to it in cases of human rights violations for expeditious disposal of cases.