HC orders interim damages in Nayagarh anganwadi mishap case

Cuttack: Adjudicating over a batch of petitions relating to Nayagarh anganwadi wall collapse in which seven children died in July this year, Orissa High Court in an interim order on Tuesday directed the State government to pay an additional compensation of Rs one lakh each to the families of the deceased.

The Division Bench of Chief Justice V Gopala Gowda and Justice B N Mohapatra also observed during the course of hearing that all government officials found responsible for the tragic incident should be criminally prosecuted and adjourned the case to be taken up again on September 18.

Earlier in the day, fathers of all seven deceased children filed affidavits in the court attaching photographs and documents in support of the age of the children through advocate Dilip Mohapatra, who in his PIL had sought adequate compensation for the families of the victims.

Arguing the case on behalf of the petitioner, senior advocate and Congress leader Narasimha Mishra told the Bench that a damage of Rs 15 lakh each should be paid to families of the victims for it was due to sheer negligence on the part of the government that the children met untimely death.

The HC after tagging all the petitions together is holding analogous hearing and had issued notices to the State government last month. In its reply to the HC, the State government on the day informed that an amount of Rs 2.10 lakh each have been paid to the families of the deceased.