Surat : The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has made it clear that it is the prerogative of the State Human Rights Commission (SHRC) to take action in the devastating fire at the coaching classes in Takshashila Arcade, which claimed lives of 22 innocent children.
Member of NHRC, Jyotika Kalra, who was on a day’s visit to the diamond city, was called upon by the parents of the Takshashila Arcade fire tragedy on Friday. Kalra, while talking to the parents stated that the NHRC can’t take action as it was the prerogative of the SHRC to act.
The fire broke out in the coaching institute operating on the fourth floor of the ill-fated building on May 24, 2019. The children, present in the coaching institute at the time of fire, were literally captured in the dreadful videos, desperately jumping down from the fourth floor of the building to rescue themselves.
In the ensuing melee, while only few managed to escape, about 22 people including a toddler were charred to death beyond recognition.
Activist Sanjay Ezhava had lodged a complaint with the NHRC on May 29, 2019. The NHRC had sought investigation report into the Takshashila fire tragedy from the Surat Municipal Corporation (SMC), City police and the district collector’s office.
After more than a year of investigation, the NHRC had held State Government responsible in the devastating fire at the coaching institute in November-2020 . In December20, the NHRC in its final judgement decided to shut the case as the SHRC had started investigation into the tragedy.
Talking with TOI, Ezhava said, “Member of NHRC has thrown the ball in the court of the SHRC. Now, it is the SHRC that will investigate the matter thoroughly. During the meeting, we raised the issues such as illegal construction of Takshashila Arcade without BUC certificate, violation of human rights, negligence of SMC for operating single fire station to serve the population of 10 lakh in Varachha etc.”
Ezhava added, “The parents have lost their children, but the government is not interested in delivering them with justice. The big fishes responsible for the devastating fire at Takshashila have gone scot-free and their subordinates have been held responsible”