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Bombay High Court, rights panel notices to Maharashtra government on police recruitment deaths

Tuesday, 17 June 2014 - 6:35am IST | Place: Mumbai | Agency: dna

The death of four candidates during the recent police recruitment test has created legal trouble for the state government and the police. The Bombay high court and the state human rights commission have sent notices to the government and the police.

The Bombay high court has taken suo motu cognisance of a letter written by All Maharashtra Human Rights Welfare Association (AMHRWA), seeking action against the authorities and compensation for families of the victims.

Four candidates collapsed and lost their lives during a 5-kilometre run for the police recruitment, which was held on June 11.

Ambadas Sonawane (23) from Malegaon (Nashik district) and Saiprasad Mali (22) from Virar died on June 11. Vishal Kedar (25) from Thane died on 13. The fourth candidate, Rahul Sakpal (22), died at Fortis Hospital, Mulund, on June 14.

A division bench of the chief justice and justice MS Sonak issued notices to the state government, the additional home secretary and the director-general of police.

The AMHRWA letter was written to HC chief justice Mohit Shah, alleging that the government failed to provide basic amenities like water for the candidates.

The letter said several candidates who had come from other parts of Maharashtra also slept in the open.

Seeking that the government should be directed to bear the hospital expenses of those who were admitted to hospital, AMHRWA sought a stay on the recruitment process.

Advocate Yashodeep Deshmukh, the amicus curie (friend of the court), pointed out that, at some places where the ground was not sufficiently large enough, test runs were held on public roads.

SR Bannurmath, SHRC chairman, has directed the government to bear hospital expenses of candidates who were hospitalised. The HC has kept the matter for hearing on June 23.

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