NHRC notice to MP govt over reported death of five workers

New Delhi, Sep 1 (UNI) National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) on Friday issued notices to the Chief Secretary and the Director General of Police, Madhya Pradesh over the reported death of five workers while cleaning a tank at a factory in Morena district.

The Commission has asked for a detailed report in the matter within four weeks. The report should also include the status of the FIR registered by the police, and compensation if any, granted to the deceased persons, NHRC said in a statement.

The Commission took suo motu cognizance of a media report that five workers died after inhaling poisonous gas while cleaning a tank at a factory in Morena district of Madhya Pradesh on August 30.

Reportedly, the factory manufactures synthetic cherries for the pan and food industry, it said.

The Commission has observed that the contents of the media report, if true, amount to a violation of the human rights of the victims. Apparently, the workers were unaware of the presence of toxic gases in the tank and were not equipped with the safety gear, it added.

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