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HYDERABAD: The State Human Rights Commission (SHRC) on Thursday announced payment of Rs. 3 lakh each to parents of six out of the fifteen children of Ravindra Bharati Public School in Vijayawada who drowned in Munneru river in November 2005.
The families of the remaining nine children had already settled their claims for compensation from the school management by compromise at Lok Adalat in 2005 and 2006. They had received Rs. 2 lakh each but the parents of the remaining nine students were not happy with the quantum of relief and moved the SHRC seeking Rs. 25 lakh each.
The commission which took up the inquiry into the drowning of students during a picnic organised by the school concluded that the tragedy was a result of negligence by the management. Dismissing the plea of the parents for payment of Rs. 25 lakh, the commission noted that an amount of Rs. 3 lakh was just and reasonable. It also dismissed the prayer for punishment of school secretary as the criminal aspect of the mishap was dealt by a regular court.
The parents who will get the relief as per the order of SHRC include P. Venkata Subba Raju (father of P. Jayanth Varma), K. Prabhakar Rao (father of K. Vishnu Vardhan Rao and K. Anil Kumar), V. Durga Malleswara Rao (father of Teja Sai), S. Ananta Satyanarayana Raju (father of Hemant Kumar Raja) and K. Padma Lakshmi (mother of K. Chaitanya).
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