Amid public outrage over the death of a Kanpur boy, Congress President Sonia Gandhi on Saturday asked Union Coal Minister Sriprakash Jaiswal to order an inquiry into the boy’s death.
Eight-year-old Aman Khan’s parents have blamed security curbs during PM Manmohan Singh’s visit to the city for their son’s demise last week.
The boy had sustained serious head injuries after falling from a height at his home. But security blockades on July 3 had prevented them from taking him to hospital in time to save him, they alleged.
Jaiswal visited the boy’s parents in Kanpur on Saturday and said the PM’s security had nothing to do with the boy’s death. It was the duty of Chief Minister Mayawati government to ensure alternative routes to meet medical emergency of a person, he said.
“The special protection group (SPG) prepares the security blue print in tandem with the state agencies. The routes usable in emergency situations should be suggested at this stage,” he said.
Offering his condolences to the family members, Jaiswal said he would write to Mayawati demanding a probe into the incident by a high-powered committee. “I will also ask for adequate compensation to the family,” he said.
Jaiswal’s visit came amid rumours that he would deliver a message from Gandhi to whom Aman’s mother, Usha Sharma, had written a letter.
He, however, denied that the Congress president had asked him to meet the boy’s parents.
“This unfortunate incident happened in my constituency. Meeting the parents and consoling them is my moral responsibility,” he said.
A large number of people, including politicians across party lines, joined a candlelight march organised by the Ordnance Equipment Factory (OEF) employees union to express anger over the boy’s death. Aman’s mother is a joint secretary of the employees union.
Jaiswal also participated in the march. “I am touched by the minister’s gesture,” said Tassaduq Hussain, Aman’s father.