The commission directed the secretary of the school and the department of mass education of the State Government to submit a detailed report within four weeks, rights activist Prabir Das said.

Das filed a complaint before the commission that the tragic death of the seven-year-old girl took place due to sheer negligence. According to him, a Class 2 student, Soni Pradhan, sustained critical injuries after being crushed under a big armoire which fell on her in the classroom of a government school in the Uttarhana village in Puri district on July 29.

The girl died on August 2, while undergoing treatment at a hospital. "The girl was under the care and custody of the state when she was reading in the classroom. The accident could have been averted if the teachers were vigilant and watchful. The tragic death of the girl caused irreparable loss to her family," Das said.

Demanding compensation of Rs.5 lakh for the family of the victim, Das also requested the commission to direct the government to order a free and fair enquiry and ensure that no such tragedy happens in the future.


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