The Jammu and Kashmir administration has approved a grant of Rs 3 lakh each to the next of kin of 12 children who died due to substandard medicines at Ramnagar in the Udhampur district. Additional Chief Secretary, Health and Medical Education Department, Vivek Bhardwaj directed to give compensation to the families of the children. Social worker Sukesh Khajuria fought a long battle for this and got instructions from the Human Rights Commission many times. However, an SLP is pending in the Supreme Court.
The Health and Medical Education Department has said that after approval by the Administrative Council, now Rs 36 lakh should be released. The Health Department has ordered the State Drug Control Department to release the amount of compensation in case of the death of children. Following the orders of the National Human Rights Commission on 17 January 2021 and 19 July 21, on a petition filed by social activist Sukesh Khajuria, the Jammu and Kashmir administration was forced to pay the compensation. Earlier, the administration had challenged the order of compensation to the victims’ families in the Jammu and Kashmir High Court.
Khajuria had approached the NHRC for proper compensation to the victims and fixed the responsibility of the state authorities in the matter. He had argued that it is the constitutional duty of the state officials to protect the lives of citizens and ensure that there is no sale of harmful counterfeit drugs. A milestone in the U.S.’s history, the state has been ordered to pay compensation for state drug authorities’ utter disregard and alleged complicity in investigating the sale of spurious drugs. I am sorry for the attitude of the bureaucrats and politicians who opposed justice to innocent victims and even went to the High Court and Supreme Court against the orders of NHRC. The release of the compensation amount depends on the SLP of the Government of Jammu and Kashmir in the Supreme Court. Still, I am confident that the Supreme Court will also provide complete justice to the infant victims as per Article 142 of the Constitution of India.
These children had died-
1. Jhanvi daughter Anil Kumar, resident of Gundian, Ramnagar
2. Surbhi Sharma, daughter of Govind Ram, resident of Marta, Ramnagar
3. Anirud son Ashok Kumar, resident of Dharwan, Ramnagar
4. Shreyansh son Madan Lal resident of Banana, Ramnagar
5. Kanishk Dogra son Sushil Kumar, resident of Thaplal, Ramnagar
6. Laxmi Putra Rajkumar resident Dhiran, Ramnagar
7. Pankhu Jeevan’s son Romesh Kumar resident Marta, Ramnagar
8. Akshu son Sanju resident Sunetar, Ramnagar
9. Amit son Rattan Chand resident of Kogadmarh, Ramnagar
10. Nigru son Kuldeep, resident of Baryalta, Ramnagar
11. Janu Kumar son Thakur Das, Daily, Ramnagar
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Driver dead, another injured as lorry rolls down into gorge
A trucker was killed and another person injured after a truck rolled down into a deep gorge near Tulbagh, one kilometre from Banihal town of J&K’s Ramban district on Wednesday.
An official that a truck, bearing registration number JK05A 8209, which was on its way from Jammu towards Srinagar fell into a deep gorge near Tulbagh around 7 pm, resulting in on spot death of the driver.
Soon after the accident, Banihal police and local volunteers launched a rescue operation and retrieved the body of the trucker, who was identified as Nazir Ahmad Sheikh (58), son of Abdul Gani Sheikh, a resident of Bandipora in north Kashmir.
The injured, identified as Naveed Ahmad son of Nazir Ahmad, also a resident of Bandipora, was shifted to Emergency Hospital Banihal.
An official said that the body is being shifted to Bandipora and that the relatives of the victims were on their way to Banihal.
3 Soldiers Injured In Shopian Gunfight
On Wednesday, three soldiers were injured, two of them critically, in an ongoing gunfight in south Kashmir’s Shopian district, reports quoted officials said.
They said that two soldiers suffered bullet injuries as soon as the gunfight started between militants and a joint team of Police and army in the Nowgam area of the district. Later, another soldier was injured in the firefight.
Quoting official sources, a news agency reported that the injured were shifted to the army’s 92 base hospital, where two remain in “critical condition.”
The encounter had ensued after Police and army launched a cordon and search operation following inputs about the presence of the militants.
As the joint team approached towards the suspected spot, the officials said, the hiding militants fired upon the forces, triggering off a gunfight, they said.
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