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Newborn Death: NHRC Issues Notice To Haryana Govt, Union Health Ministry

The baby died at the PGIMS, Rohtak, after the ambulance carrying him was allegedly stuck in the jam for over 30 minutes.

New Delhi, Aug 24

The NHRC today issued a notice to the Health Ministry and the Haryana government over reports of the death of a newborn in an ambulance that got stuck in a jam allegedly caused by a cycle rally of Haryana Pradesh Congress chief Ashok Tanwar in Sonipat district.

“The National Human Rights Commission has taken suo motu cognisance of media reports that a newborn allegedly died as the ambulance carrying him could not reach to the hospital as it got stuck in the rally of a political party in Sonipat, Haryana, on August, 22,” it said.

The commission has issued the notice to the state’s chief secretary calling for a detailed report in the matter within four weeks along with the details of the relief provided to the aggrieved family.

It also directed the Haryana DGP to submit a report on steps taken on the FIR registered in the matter and present status of the investigation in the case.

The NHRC has also sent a notice to the Union Health Ministry and directed its secretary to submit a report within four weeks, making it mandatory to equip every ambulance, be it owned by government, private hospitals or outsourced, with the life-saving devices.

The baby died at the PGIMS, Rohtak, after the ambulance carrying him was allegedly stuck in the jam for over 30 minutes.

In a police complaint filed yesterday, the newborn’s father alleged that the ambulance carrying the baby was not equipped with oxygen facilities.

A case has been filed under section 304A (causing death by rash or negligent act) of the IPC and section 177 of the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988, the police said.

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