Illegal shooting: Madras HC awards ₹10L relief to kin of victim

Illegal shooting: Madras HC awards ₹10L relief to kin of victim
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One-liner: The aimless shooting by a narikurava, engaged by a local panchayat in Perambalur district to eliminate stray dogs, has cost the State exchequer and the local body ₹5 lakh each.

Driving the news: A direction to this effect was given by a judge of the Madras HC while allowing a writ petition from a person recently.

  • The case of the petitioner was that the local panchayat had engaged the services of a narikurava (member belonging to an indigenous community) to shoot down stray dogs in the village

Crux of the matter: The indiscriminate and aimless shooting by the narikurava had resulted in one bullet hitting the leg of petitioner's mother in Feb 2015. She was admitted to the govt hospital, but died later.

  • He moved the HC for a direction to the authorities concerned to compensate him for causing the death of his mother due to the negligent act of the Eraiyur panchayat office-bearers and to take action against them

Illegal operation: Allowing the petition, the judge observed that the petitioner could establish a prima facie case and the death of his mother occurred due to the illegal operation conducted by the panchayat people. 

  • The prosecution has been initiated and it was for them to defend their case before the competent court of law. 

Entitled for relief: However, the petitioner was entitled to compensation as the 5th respondent is the president and the remaining two are the councillors.

  • Unfortunately, the official respondents 1 to 4 -- Collector and police higher-ups in the district -- have neither shown any sensitiveness in the matter nor taken steps to initiate appropriate action

On the other side: The passive collusion of the public authorities can never be tolerated. The illegal operations made by the respondents 5 to 8 were not seriously taken nor immediate actions initiated, the judge said.

  • Hence, the panchayat people are directed to jointly pay ₹5 lakh to the petitioner towards compensation. Further, the Collector shall pay ₹5 lakh to the petitioner. Thus, the petitioner is entitled for total relief of ₹10 lakh

Direction: The four respondents shall settle their respective portion of the compensation in favour of the petitioner within eight weeks, the judge said. 

Source: PTI

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