NHRC issues Notice to Delhi Metro over Labourer’s death

NHRCNew Delhi: The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has issued a notice to Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) over reports of a labourer’s death and injuries to another due to negligence.

Taking suo motu cognisance of a media report that a labourer, Vijay Kumar, died and another was injured when a huge cement slab, weighing about three tonnes, fell on them in a tunnel at an under construction Metro site in West Delhi, the Commission has observed that the incident, if true, raises questions regarding violation of human rights of the labourers.

“When the work involved is of such a hazardous nature, safety measures have to be strictly followed and safety of the labourers and other persons working at the site has to be ensured,” said NHRC which issued a notice to the Managing Director of DMRC seeking report on the matter in four weeks.

According to a media report, the incident happened on July 29. The two labourers were rushed to nearby Bhagatchandra Hospital where Vijay Kumar (26) was declared brought dead while Jai Prakash (35) was treated for injuries and discharged the same day. The DMRC had outsourced the construction work to a company HCC-Samsung.

The police has already registered a case of causing death by negligence against the contractor.