NHRC issues notices to M'rashtra officials

NHRC issues notices to M'rashtra officials

The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) on Wednesday sent notices to Maharashtra Chief Secretary Dr Swadheen Kshatriya, Mumbai Police chief Rakesh Maria and Principal Secretary of the Excise department seeking a report on the Malvani hooch tragedy in two week’s time. 

The death toll has reached 104 and around 30 others are still in hospitals.“The NHRC has taken suo motu cognisance of media reports that several people died, among those who had consumed illicit liquor on June 18, around Malwani locality in Mumbai. The next day, the death toll was reported to be 13, which continued to rise day by day. 

“On June 23, according to media reports, 102 people had died,” it said.  The contents of media reports, if true, raised a serious issue of violation of human rights of the victims, the commission observed. 

The commission has asked the authorities concerned to furnish information in respect of ex-gratia relief, if any, paid to the next of the kin of the deceased and to the victims admitted in hospitals.

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