Assam Human Rights Commission orders compensation

Guwahati: Even as an ill-fated woman Guwahati fell prey to the flash flood in the city after a spell of rain on Thursday night, Assam Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has asked the state government to pay a compensation of Rs 10 lakh to the family of Binoy Mohan Das who faced the same fate two years back.
Das, the then Superintendent of Kamrup Treasury, fell into an unguarded drain as he was walking along the footpath after a spell of rain which submerged the city on October 21 in 2011 at the R.G.B Road, in Guwahati.
A Division Bench of the Assam Human Rights Commission (AHRC) comprising its Chairperson, Justice Dr. Aftab H. Saikia and Member, Tarun Phookan, by its order dated 08.05.2013 passed in AHRC Case No.238/24/11-12 recommended to the Government of Assam to pay compensation of Rs.10 lakh within three months to the next of kin of late Binoy Mohan Das.
Ajay Hazarika, Chief coordinator, Consumers’ Legal Protection Forum (CLPF), Guwahati, filed a complaint before the Commission in that behalf and the Commission after taking up the case directed the Guwahati Municipal Corporation (GMC) and the APWD (Roads) Guwahati City, Division-I, to separately enquire into the said fatal incident and submit their respective reports. The reports were accordingly submitted in due course and after considering the same the Division Bench passed the order of the recommendation. The State Government was given liberty to realize the compensatory amount in equal proportion from those two Departments fixing responsibilities in that regard upon their respective officials/staff concern.
Another middle aged lady Basanti Devi, who originally hails from Bihar, stepped on a live electric wire as drain water submerged the Anil Nagar area in the city after a spell of rain on Thursday evening.