The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) on Thursday ordered a total compensation of Rs 5.5 crore to the kin of 110 victims of Ratangarh Temple stampede in Datia district.
NHRC’s order came on the second day of the three-day open hearing and camp sitting at RCVP Noronha Academy of Administration here.
The stampede at the temple occurred on October 13, 2013 during Navratri. As many as 110 people were reportedly killed and as many injured in the tragedy.
The top human rights body advised senior officials of the Madhya Pradesh government to provide relief to the remaining families of the victims. The panel also recommended a compensation of Rs 5.5 crore to relatives of 110 victims who lost their lives due to inaction of government officials.
The NHRC also ordered to conduct a health survey for all the workers working in the Panna mines. The commission granted compensation of Rs 3 lakh each to four persons who were affected by silicosis.
The commission observed that senior-most officials of the state administration should prepare themselves on the cases thoroughly and attend open-hearings in Bhopal.
The NHRC, led by chairperson Justice KG Balakrishnan and comprising members Justice Cyriac Joseph, Justice D Murugesan, SC Sinha and senior officers, administered the hearings.