The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has sent a notice to the Delhi Chief Secretary and Police Commissioner regarding a fire that broke out at a shelter home in Vasant Kunj, South Delhi, on April 4.
The shelter home, run by NGO Earth Survivors Foundation, doubled up as an old-age home as well as a shelter for the destitute and mentally ill and housed nearly 150 people.
Two people were killed in the blaze — Poonam, a 27-year-old woman, and Ramesh Chand, a 60-year-old man.
Poonam was mentally challenged and could not run as her legs had been amputated, while Ramesh Chand, had come to the home last year after his family abandoned him.
The NHRC noted, while taking suo motu cognizance of media reports of the incident, that if true it “amounts to a serious violation of human rights of the victims” and has issued notices to the Chief Secretary, Government of NCT of Delhi and Delhi Police Commissioner, calling for a detailed report in the matter within four weeks.
“Such was the intensity of the blaze that even trees were not spared. Nine fire tenders worked for hours before the fire was brought under control,” a fire official had said.