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HC seeks action taken report from state by Jan 29

Gujarat boat tragedy

The High Court called upon the secretary, home department, state of Gujarat, to submit an action taken report in the matter

court hamGmeraCCd121122asaA1G1 1AHMEDABAD: The Gujarat High Court has directed the state government to submit an action taken report on the death of students and teachers in a recent boat tragedy, observing that it has “shocked the conscience” of the public.

As many as 12 students and two teachers of New Sunrise School at Waghodia near Vadodara drowned, while 18 students and two teachers were rescued after an overloaded boat capsized in Motnath Lake in Harni area on the city’s outskirts on Thursday. The students were on a picnic at the time.

Taking suo motu cognisance of the incident, the court of Chief Justice Sunita Agarwal said in an order on January 19 observed that it was disturbing to note that safety norms were completely flouted as the children were not provided life jackets.

The order, which was made available on the court’s website on Sunday, said that the incident has shocked the conscience of the public in general.

“We call upon the secretary, home department, state of Gujarat, to submit an action taken report in the matter along with an affidavit of the gazetted officer from the home department, government of Gujarat, by the next date fixed, ” the order said.

The court has fixed January 29 as the next date of hearing.

On Friday, the president of the Gujarat High Court Advocates’ Association, Brijesh Trivedi had brought to the notice of the court news reports regarding the Harni boat tragedy.

The police have registered an FIR under sections 304 (culpable homicide not amounting to murder) and 308 (attempt to commit culpable homicide) of the Indian Penal Code against 19 persons.

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