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OHRC asks Odisha govt to pay damage in school mishap cases

Cuttack: The Odisha Human Rights Commission (OHRC) today directed the state government to pay compensation of Rs one lakh each to the families of two school children who died in their respective school premises last year under unsafe circumstances.
While Rakesh Sethy died in a Khurda school when a boundary wall of a government concern gave-in, a 13-year-old school girl Swarnalata Rout of Jajpur district died on the spot when the school main gate collapsed on her.

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Taking up these two unfortunate incidents, social activist and advocate Prabir Das had approached OHRC urging them to direct the state government to adequately compensate the families of the victims.
Deciding the matters separately, the commission directed the secretary of rural development to pay a damage of Rs one lakh to the family of Sethy and the school and mass education secretary was also directed to pay an equal amount to the family of Rout, informed the petitioner advocate Prabir Das.
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