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NHRC Notice to Gujarat Govt Over Death of Children in Surat Fire
Three of the 22 students who died in the fire in the ill
                                                     ill-fated
                                                         fated Takshila Complex on Friday had
appeared for the Class 12 Board examinations and had cleared them comfortably, as per
results that were declared on Saturday.

PTI Updated:May 25, 2019, 6:59 PM IST


New Delhi: The NHRC on Saturday sent a notice to the Gujarat government over the
fire tragedy in Surat in which 22 students died in a massive blaze at a commercial
complex in Sarthana area of the city, officials said
                                                said.

The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) also observed that mere
announcement of compensation to the aggrieved families cannot be a solution to
such kind of hazards.

Three of the 22 students who died in the fire in the ill
                                                       ill-fated
                                                           fated Takshila Complex on
Friday had appeared for the Class 12 Board examinat
                                                examinations
                                                          ions and had cleared them
comfortably, as per results that were declared on Saturday.

Among
 mong the dead, 18 are girls, the youngest being 15 years of age and the eldest just
22, police said.

The NHRC has taken suo motu cognisance of the incident, it said in a statement.

"Considering the incident as a grave violation of the human rights of the young
students, the Commission has issued a notice to the chief secretary, government of
Gujarat calling for a detailed report in the matter, including status of the criminal
cases registered against the building owner and others found guilty, along with action
taken against the public servants concerned," the rights panel said.

In the response, the chief secretary has been asked to include the legal status of the
building,
   ilding, its construction, fire fighting measures, fire safety clearance and relief
granted to the grief stricken families, it said.

"The Commission also expects that the best and free of cost treatment is provided by
the state to the injured persons. Resp
                                  Response
                                       onse from the state government is expected
within four weeks," the NHRC statement said.

Issuing the notice, the NHRC has also observed that it has been constantly insisting
the authorities to be more vigilant to avoid such tragic incidents.

"Going by the media reports, it appears that there was no safe passage for the
victims, which could have been used as a fire exit in case of the emergency. Mere
announcement of compensation to the aggrieved families cannot be a solution to
such kind of hazards," the Co
                           Commission observed.
Several such incidents have occurred across the country where precious human lives
have been lost due to negligence by the authorities and lack of fire department's
clearance, it added.

While some of the students died of suffocation, many due to injuries sustained after
jumping off windows to escape the fire. In a video clip of the incident, some young
students at the Complex could be seen jumping off the third and fourth floors amid
plumes of thick smoke.

According to eye witnesses, at least 10 students had jumped out to save themselves
from the blaze. The state government had ordered a detailed inquiry into the incident.

As per media reports, the fire department officials reached the spot and deployed 19
fire trucks and two hydraulic platforms to douse the fire and evacuate the people
trapped in the building, the NHRC said.

"An inquiry into the matter has reportedly been ordered by the state government.
Reportedly, Rs 4 lakh to the next of kin of the deceased have been announced by the
state government and as a precautionary measure all the tuition centres or coaching
centres, etc, have been ordered to be closed in the area. The fire hazard checks are
also being conducted in various places," the statement said.
NHRC notice to Guj gov
                   govtt over death of children in Surat fire
Press Trust of India | New Delh
                           Delhi Last Updated at May 25, 2019 18:30 IST
                                                                    IS

The NHRC Saturday sent a notice to the Gujarat government over the fire tragedy
in Surat in which 22 students died in a massive blaze at a commercial complex in
Sarthana area of the city, officials said.

The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) also observed that mere
announcement of compensation to the aggrieved families cannot be a solution to
such kind of hazards.

Three of the 22 students
                       nts who died in the fire in the ill
                                                        ill-fated Takshila Complex on
Friday had appeared for the Class 12 Board examinations and had cleared them
comfortably, as per results that were declared Saturday.

Among the dead, 18 are girls, the youngest being 15 years of age and the eldest just
22, police said.

The NHRC has taken suo motu cognisance of the incident, it said in a statement.

"Considering the incident as a grave violation of the human rights of the young
students, the Commission has issued a notice to the chief secretary, government
of Gujarat calling for a detailed report in the matter, including status of the criminal
cases registered against the building owner and others found guilty, along with action
taken against the public servants concerned," the rights panel said.

In the response, the chief secretary has been asked to include the legal status of the
building, its construction, fire fighting measures, fire safety clearance and relief
granted
     ed to the grief stricken families, it said.

"The Commission also expects that the best and free of cost treatment is provided by
the state to the injured persons. Response from the state government is expected
within four weeks," the NHRC statement said.

Issuing the notice, the NHRC has also observed that it has been constantly insisting
the authorities to be more vigilant to avoid such tragic incidents.

"Going by the media reports, it appears that there was no safe passage for the
victims, which could have been used as a fire exit in case of the emergency. Mere
announcement of compensation to the aggrieved families cannot be a solution to
such kind of hazards," the Commission observed.

Several such incidents have occurred across the country where precious human lives
have been lost due to negligence by the authorities and lack of fire department's
clearance, it added.
While some of the students died of suffocation, many due to injuries sustained after
jumping off windows to escape the fire. In a video clip of the incident, some young
students at the Complex could be seen jumping off the third and fourth floors amid
plumes of thick smoke.

According to eye witnesses, at least 10 students had jumped out to save themselves
from the blaze. The state government had ordered a detailed inquiry into the incident.

As per media reports, the fire department officials reached the spot and deployed 19
fire trucks and two hydraulic platforms to douse the fire and evacuate the people
trapped in the building, the NHRC said.

"An inquiry into the matter has reportedly been ordered by the state government.
Reportedly, Rs 4 lakh to the next of kin of the deceased have been announced by the
state government and as a precautionary measure all the tuition centres or coaching
centres, etc, have been ordered to be closed in the area. The fire hazard checks are
also being conducted in various places," the statement said.
Surat fire tragedy: NHRC takes suo motu cognizance of media
reports
The Commission has issued a notice to Gujarat government and its Chief Secretary Jagdip
Narayan Singh seeking a detailed report in the matter.
Published: 26th May 2019 12:57 PM |     Last Updated: 26th May 2019 12:57 PM

NEW DELHI: The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) on Saturday took
suo motu cognizance of media reports on the Surat fire tragedy which claimed lives
of 20 people, mostly students.
The Commission has issued a notice to Gujarat government and its Chief Secretary
Jagdip Narayan Singh seeking a detailed report in the matter. It has also sought
status of the criminal cases registered against the building owner and others found
guilty and the action taken against the public servants concerned.
Singh has been asked to submit a report on the legal status of the building, its
construction, fire fighting measures, fire safety clearance and relief granted to the
grief-stricken families. The response from the state government is expected within
4 weeks.
"The Commission also expects that the best and free of cost treatment is provided
by the State to the injured persons," NHRC statement read.
Issuing the notice, the NHRC has observed that it has been constantly insisting the
authorities to be more vigilant to avoid such tragic incidents.
"Going by the media reports, it appears that there was no safe passage for the
victims, which could have been used as a fire exit in case of the emergency. Mere
announcement of compensation to the aggrieved families cannot be a solution to
such kind of hazards," the Commission said.
Underlying that mere announcement of compensation to the aggrieved families
cannot be a solution to such kind of hazards, NHRC said several such incidents
have occurred across the country where precious human lives have been lost due
to negligence by the authorities and lack of Fire Department's clearance.
Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani has ordered an investigation and announced a
compensation of Rs 4 lakh each to the families of those killed. As a precautionary
measure, all the tuition centres and coaching centres have been ordered to be
closed in the area. The fire hazard checks are also being conducted in various
places.
Rights Body
          y Issues Notice To Gujarat Government Over Surat Fire
                                                           Fir
A massive fire broke out at Surat's Takshashila Arcade yesterday. Nearly 20 people, mostly
students, were killed.
All India | Press Trust of Indi
                           India | Updated: May 25, 2019 19:23 IST

The National Human Rights Commission has sent a notice to the Gujarat government
over deaths of students in a fire at a coaching centre in Surat.

A massive fire broke out at the city's Takshashila Arcade yesterday. Nearly 20, people
mostly students, died in
                       n the fire

"Considering the incident as a grave violation of the human rights of the young
students, the Commission has issued a notice to the chief secretary, government of
Gujarat calling for a detailed report in the matter, including status of the criminal
                                                                              crimi
cases registered against the building owner and others found guilty, along with action
taken against the public servants concerned," the rights panel said.

In the response, the chief secretary has been asked to include the legal status of the
building, its construction, fire
                              fire-fighting
                                   fighting measures, fire safety clearance and relief
granted to families of the victims.

"The Commission also expects that the best and ffree
                                                 ree of cost treatment is provided by
the state to the injured persons. Response from the state government is expected
within four weeks," the NHRC statement read.

Most of the students suffocated, many died of injuries after jumping off windows to
escape thee fire. In a video clip of the incident, some young students at the Complex
could be seen jumping off the third and fourth floors amid plumes of thick smoke.

According to eye witnesses, at least 10 students had jumped out to save themselves
from the blaze. The state government had ordered a detailed inquiry into the incident.
As per media reports, the fire department officials reached the spot and deployed 19
fire trucks and two hydraulic platforms to douse the fire and evacuate the people
trapped in the building,
                  ilding, the NHRC said.

"An inquiry into the matter has reportedly been ordered by the state government.
Reportedly, Rs. 4 lakh to the next of kin of the deceased have been announced by the
state government andnd as a precautionary measure all the tuition centres or coaching
centres, etc, have been ordered to be closed in the area. The fire hazard checks are
also being conducted in various places," the statement said.
NHRC issues notice to Gujarat govt over death of students in
Surat
May 25, 2019

PTI
The National Human Rights Commission, NHRC has issued a notice to the
government of Gujarat over the death of students in a fire at a coaching centre
in Surat.

Taking suo moto cognizance of media reports, the Commis
                                                 Commission
                                                        sion issued notice to
Chief Secretary of the state and has sought detailed reports in the matter.

It has also sought status of the criminal cases registered against the building
owner and others found guilty along with action taken against the public
servants concerned.

NHRC said, according to media reports, there was no safe passage for the
victims, which could have been used as a fire exit in case of emergency.

The commission said, several such incidents have occurred across the country
where precious
             us human lives have been lost due to negligence by the authorities
and lack of Fire Department’s clearance.
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