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GSHRC issues notices to Goa Govt

The Goa State Human Rights Commission (GSHRC) has issued notices to jail authorities and the government over the recent food poisoning incident at the central jail at Aguada jail and the judicial lock-up in Mapusa.

The commission has taken suo motu cognizance of the food poisoning which resulted in the death of one prisoner.

GSHRC has issued notices to the superintendent of prisons, central jail, superintendent of judicial lock-up, Mapusa, over the incident.

A notice has also been served to the Goa Medical College and Hospital dean to file a reply on the cause of death of Mahadev Gaoankar who died due to the food poisoning. The state of Goa has been made a party in case through the chief secretary.

Authorities have to file a reply on or before June 21, stating the reason behind the incident. “They should tell the GSHRC what happened and how it happened,” said a member of the commission.

Members of commission said that they will conduct an inquiry into the episode once a reply is filed. One hundred and twenty eight prisoners from Aguada jail had complained of diarrhoea and vomiting on May 31. Nine other prisoners at the Mapusa judicial lock-up also complained of food poisoning.

Inspector general of prisons Mihir Vardhan has already ordered a magisterial inquiry into the case and asked that a report be submitted within 30 days of the incident.

GMC doctors had conducted the postmortem of Gaonkar and the cause of death was reserved. Calangute police station had also registered a case in the death of Goankar.

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