The MHRC also directed the Meghalaya government to provide a compensation of Rs 50,000 to the other five labourers who sustained serious injuries in the incident

Shillong: Taking suo motu cognizance into the death of five labourers in North Garo Hills on July 25 this year, the Meghalaya Human Rights Commission (MHRC) has ordered the government to pay compensation of Rs 2 lakh each to the next kin of the deceased persons.

The MHRC further directed the government to provide a compensation of Rs 50,000 to the other five labourers who sustained serious injuries. The commission directed the state government to make the payments within two months.

In the incident that happened on July 25 this year, five labourers were electrocuted and five others seriously injured at Maniganj village in North Garo Hills. The incident happened when their road construction machine touched a high-voltage overhead wire leading to the electrocution of the labourers.

Coming down heavily on the Meghalaya Power Transmission Corporation, the state human rights commission said in its statement, “The executive engineers deputed at the site clearly failed in their duties leading to such a colossal loss of human lives.”

The MHRC also criticised the state power corporation for not regularly checking the high-voltage wire from Agia to Mendipathar. It also raised questions on the poor maintenance of the 11-KV high-transmission lines in the area.

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