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HC Issues Notice to BMC Over Doctor's Death During Mumbai Rains

The body of Dr. Deepak Amarapukar, who had gone missing on Tuesday following heavy rains in the megapolis, was on Thursday recovered from a nullah near the Coast Guard office in central Mumbais Worli, police said.

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Updated:September 1, 2017, 3:38 PM IST
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HC Issues Notice to BMC Over Doctor's Death During Mumbai Rains
Mumbai: People make their way through a flooded street during heavy rains in Mumbai on Tuesday. (Image: PTI)
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Mumbai: The Bombay High Court on Friday issued notices to the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) regarding the death of a doctor during the recent Mumbai rains. The court has asked all respondents to reply in two weeks.

Dr Deepak Amarapukar had slipped into an open manhole. He had gone missing on Tuesday following heavy rains in the megapolis and his body was recovered from a nullah near the Coast Guard office in Worli, central Mumbai, on Thursday.

Amrapurkar was gastroenterologist at the city-based Bombay hospital.

The public interest litigation (PIL), filed by the Federation of Retail Traders Welfare Association Mumbai, had sought steps to ensure that such an incident is not repeated.

It claims that its purpose is to "highlight and bring to the courts notice the death of Dr. Amrapurkar, which was caused due to a gross negligence on part of BMC."

As per the plea, filed through advocate Ashish Mehta, in leaving the manhole open, and in failing to barricade the manhole, or put any warning signs around it, the civic body exposed "the public at large to danger," and "deprived Dr. Amrapurkar of his life".

The plea also seeks that the chief minister be directed to identify the BMC officers responsible for the negligence, and "to hold the officials concernedaccountable for Dr. Amrapurkar?s death".

It also urged the court to constitute "an advisory committee of ex-bureaucrats and technocrats for carrying out an inspection of all manholes in the city and to help form a policy to avoid such fatal incidents in future".

(With inputs from PTI)
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