2-year-old girl fell in an unguarded pit of Reliance Jio which was dug by contractors who had undertaken contract of laying optical fibre cables
Nagpur: In a very pro-active step, the cops of Sitabuldi Police Station booked a case of negligence against the two contractors of Reliance Jio Company whose negligence cause a 2-year-old girl Pinky Solanki to fall in an unguarded pit of Reliance Jio which was dug by contractors who had undertaken contract of laying optical fibre cables.
Significantly, the cops of Sitabuldi Police Station located the parents of the deceased and made them the complainants in the case and booked the contractors whose negligence caused the death of the 2-year-old girl. After nearly 14 month of the case which occurred on March 6, 2015.
According to police sources, the deceased Pinki Solanki aged 2 years and daughter of Harkesh Solanki a native of Kayla Village of Wamanwas Sawai Madhavrao in Rajasthan had fallen into a an unguarded pit of Reliance Jio which was dug by contractors who had undertaken contract of laying optical fibre cables.
While speaking to Nagpur Today, RTI Activist Shahbaz Abrar Siddiqui said that the authorities of Nagpur Municipal Corporation have ignored to even inform the Nagpur Police about the contractor’s failure. He vehemently said that the case should be filed even against the NMC Commissioner. He said that on May 5, 2016, the case will be taken on board in Nagpur Bench of Bombay High Court. Advocate Shrirang Bhandarkar is said to be fighting the case.
At the time of death of the deceased Pinky Solanki, initially the cops of Sitabuldi Police Station had not filed a case and were investigating the case. During investigation it came to fore that the main contractor of Reliance Jio and the Site Contractor had not taken any safety and security measures around the pit. This negligence caused the deceased Pinky to fall into unguarded pit and die.
It could be mentioned here that recently, the Nagpur Bench of Bombay High Court had issued notices to 13 top notch personalities including Chairman of Reliance Jio Infocomm Ltd Mukesh Ambani, Nagpur Municipal Commissioner Shravan Hardikar, Commissioner of Police S P Yadav, Secretaries of Home and Urban Development Department, and others in connection with the death of a 2-year old girl who fell in an unguarded pit of Reliance Jio.
The tragic incident had taken place 14 months ago. At that time, the police and Nagpur Municipal Corporation had failed to take any action against the truant Reliance Jio Infocomm Ltd despite several complaints forcing a social activist to file a PIL in the High Court. Responding to the PIL the High Court slapped notices on the 13 top guns and sought their replies.
It is interesting to note that a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) was filed by Shahbaz Abrar Siddiqui, aged 34 years, resident of 1210-B, Chaudhary Layout, behind Anant Nagar. The 13 top personalities who are issued notices include Mukesh Ambani, Chairman of Reliance Jio Infocomm Ltd, Principal Secretary, Home, Secretary, Urban Development Department, Municipal Commissioner, Police Commissioner, Sitabuldi Police Station Inspector, PSI A B Nagare of Sitabuldi Police Station, Reliance Jio Infocomm Limited, Sanjay Mashruwala, Managing Director of Reliance Jio Infocomm Limited, Mahendra Nahata, Member of Board of Directors, Reliance Jio Infocomm Limited, Manoj Modi, Member of Board of Directors, Reliance Jio Infocomm Limited, Akash Ambani, Member of Board of Directors, Reliance Jio Infocomm Limited and Isha Ambani, Member of Board of Directors, Reliance Jio Infocomm Limited.
The PIL filed by Shahbaz Abrar Siddiqui stated that the Reliance Jio Infocomm Limited (RJIL) undertook erection of 4G masts and laying of cable ducts in NMC limits in total breach of terms and conditions of agreement entered into between the company and Nagpur Municipal Corporation. Because of lethargic attitude on the part of Reliance Jio and NMC, a two-year-old girl, Pinky Solanki, died after falling into an unguarded ditch dug by RJIL near University Library Square on March 6, 2015. Reliance Jio was responsible for taking all safety and precautionary measures, such as display of reflectors, caution boards, barricades, red lanterns etc at night and during the execution of work at site to avoid any accidents or mishaps. However, the company was found to have not taken adequate measures in this regard.