Guindy mishap: NHRC slams govt, issues notice

Guindy mishap: NHRC slams govt, issues notice

The National Human Rights Commission has issued notice to the Tamil Nadu government over the reported death of three college girls in a road accident involving a water tanker in Guindy area in Chennai.

Taking suo motu cognisance of media reports that three college girls died and four got injured in a road accident caused by a Metrowater tanker in Guindy, the Commission observed, “Reportedly, this was not the only accident caused by a water tanker lorry as provisions for cancelling driving licences in case of accidents under the Motor Vehicle Act are not being strictly implemented by the authorities in the State.”

The commission issued notices to the chief secretary and the director general of police seeking a detailed report on the accident. The report should be submitted within four weeks

L Chitra, M Gayatri and Asha Sruthi were mowed down by a tanker driven by Rajendran while the girls were standing at a nearby petrol bunk.

The commission has observed that the contents of the news reports are indicative of callous and sheer insensitive attitude of the transport department, police, Chennai Metrowater Supply and Sewerage Board.

According to an official release, the Commission has observed that the contents of the news report are indicative of the “callous and sheer insensitive attitude” of the Transport Department, Police as well as Chennai Metro Water Supply and Sewerage Board.

“The Commission would also like to know what steps are proposed to be taken to prevent the recurrence in future,” the statement said.

“It is the failure of the State Transport Authority to implement and enforce the rules and regulations, as also the apathy of police officials and other administrative officers that results in exposing the innocent citizens to all kinds of risks on road,” it added.