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Boy dies after gate falls on him: NHRC issues notice to DDA Vice-Chairman, Delhi Police chief | Delhi News

A day after a minor boy died when a heavy iron gate fell on him at a DDA colony in Outer Delhi, the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) issued a notice to the Delhi Chief Secretary, DDA Vice-Chairman, and the Delhi Police Commissioner on the incident.

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In a statement, the NHRC said it has taken suo motu cognizance of media reports that a five-year-old boy died after a damaged entry gate fell on him at the DDA colony in Siraspur. The body said that according to reports, the boy’s family members and residents claimed they had complained several times to the Residents’ Welfare Association and the DDA about the broken gate but no action was taken.

Said the statement, “The Commission has observed that the contents of the news report, if true, amount to grave violation of ‘Right to Life’ of the victim. Accordingly, it has issued notices to the Vice-Chairman, Delhi Development Authority (DDA); the Chief Secretary, Delhi government; and the Police Commissioner, calling for detailed reports on the matter within four weeks.”

It added that authorities are directed to inform the Commission if any relief has been granted to the aggrieved family besides action taken against officials responsible for not acting on complaints regarding the damaged gate.
“The Commission would also like to know about the steps taken or proposed to be taken to ensure that such painful incidents do not recur in future… the Commissioner of Police, Delhi, is expected to inform the status of the FIR registered in the matter to the Commission. He is also expected to clarify the contradiction between the police version stating that there was no eyewitness to the incident while the uncle of the deceased child reportedly stated that many people were present at the spot when the incident occurred who even tried to save the child but were not able to lift the gate as it was very heavy,” said the statement.

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