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NHRC directs J&K Admin to act against ‘delinquent officials’ in Ramnagar infant death cases
JammuExpress. Dated: 9/7/2020 11:10:40 PM


Jammu, September 7: National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) taking serious cognizance of the complaint made by social activist Sukesh. C.Khajuria regarding the deaths of infants due to consumption of spurious drugs in Ramnagar area of Udhampur district in December-January 2019-2020 has reprimanded the J&K drug authorities.
As per the press statement issued by Khajuria, NHRC has issued a show cause notices to the J&K government and sought action taken report against “the delinquent officials, on account of whose negligence such incident had occurred, which could otherwise be averted due to their strict vigil”.
Sukesh Khajuria in his petition to the NHRC had sought adequate compensation for the victims and their families and action against the negligent officials.
As per the statement via email, “The NHRC in its order has issued show cause notices to the Chief Secretary of J&K returnable within a month, found the state to be “vicariously liable for said negligence” and asked the J&K government as to why the Commission should not recommend payment of compensation of Rs. 3,00,000 to the NoK of each deceased in the present case, who died due to the consumption of adulterated oral syrup/medicine and whose human rights have been infringed upon”.
Khajuria had sought for intervention of the Commission for action against the delinquent government officials and compensation to aggrieved families who have lost their children.
The Commission vide its order dated 11.06.2020 had sought report from the Chief Secretary, Govt. of Jammu & Kashmir and the Secretary, Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Govt. of India.
The 33 samples of leftover/partially consumed medicines were collected. As per the press statement, Chief Scientist-CSIRIIIM Jammu on 22.02.2020 furnished final test reports of informal samples regarding parabens, Heavy Metals and Diethylene Glycol. FIR No. 33/2020, P.S. Ramnagar, Udhampur, U/Sec. 16/17A(e)/18(a)(i) r/w section 27(a) & section ACof the Drugs and Cosmetics Act, 1940 and relevant provisions of IPC.

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