Delhi: NHRC Takes Suo Motu Cognizance Of Massive Fire Inside Paint Factory Resulting In Death Of Several Workers In Alipur

Delhi: NHRC Takes Suo Motu Cognizance Of Massive Fire Inside Paint Factory Resulting In Death Of Several Workers In Alipur

NHRC, India has taken suo motu cognizance of print and electronic media reports that seven workers were charred to death in a massive fire that broke out inside a paint factory in Alipur, Delhi on 15th February, 2024

FPJ News ServiceUpdated: Friday, February 23, 2024, 04:37 PM IST
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The National Human Rights Commission, NHRC, India has taken suo motu cognizance of print and electronic media reports that seven workers were charred to death in a massive fire that broke out inside a paint factory in Alipur, Delhi on 15th February, 2024. Reportedly, more workers may have died as no one was able to escape because the factory had only one gate and there was no emergency exit. The victims are yet to be identified.

The Commission has observed that the contents of the news report, if true, raise a serious issue of violation of human rights. Accordingly, it has issued notices to the Chief Secretary and the Commissioner of Police, Delhi calling for a detailed report in the matter within six weeks. It should include the status of the FIR and the disbursement of compensation to the aggrieved families. The Commission would also like to know about the action taken against the delinquent officers, responsible for the tragedy.

NHRC orders for complete survey

Issuing the notices, the Commission has further observed that this is not an isolated incident of fire where innocent workers have died due to negligence by the employers and the authorities in the National capital in the recent past. The public servants appear to have not taken any lessons from the previous tragedies.

Therefore, the Commission has directed the Government of NCT of Delhi to conduct a survey of all industrial units manufacturing hazardous chemicals and other inflammable substances, running illegally without following the safety guidelines as per the Factories Act in the national capital and submit a report within six weeks. The report should also include the steps taken/ proposed to be taken to ensure that such incidents violating the right to life of innocent people do not recur.

According to the media reports, in May, 2022 twenty people lost life in a massive fire at a four-storey commercial building near Mundka Metro station. In January 2018, seventeen workers died in a fire at an illegal firecracker packaging unit in Northwest Delhi’s Bawana Industrial area in Delhi.

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