Jagatsinghpur boat mishap: PIL filed in Orissa HC

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    Bhubaneswar: A PIL was filed demanding a high level probe into the boat mishap in Jagatsinghpur district on May 9 last, which claimed five lives. Lawyer P K Das in his petion urged the court to order a high level investigation into the boat tragedy in River Biluakhai and demanded at least s 10 lakh compensation to the next of kin of each deceased.

    The petitioner also urged the High Court to issue a directive on proper compliance and enforcement of the Orissa Boat Rules, 2004, use of life-jackets and other necessary steps that can guarantee public safety during boat journeys and also prevent such accidents in future. It can be recalled earlier in February this year 31 lives were lost in a boat mishap in Hirakud reservoir.