Er Rasheed blames NHPC officials for Rubeena’s death, Seeks compensation


Former MLA Langate and AIP president Er Rasheed on Saturday blamed the National Hydroelectric Power Corporation (NHPC) officials for the death of 18 years old girl identified as Rubeena Bano, daughter of Anwar Shah, a resident of Dachi, who drowned and lost her life near the opening of Salamabad Dam in Uri. Rasheed in a statement has also sought enquiry into the incident.

Er Rashed along with his associates in Uri on July 27, 2019.

The spokesman said that during his day-long visit in various hamlets of Uri including Dachi, Basgran, Gengal and other places Rasheed interacted with various deputations and listened to public grievances. Later AIP delegation including Mir Khurshed, Haji Muneer, Tanveer Chalkoo, Imran Budoo, Mohd. Maqbool Sofi, Javid Ahmad Mir and Abdul Qudoos visited the house of Rubeena Bano at Dachi to offer the condolence to her family.

Addressing a condolence gathering on the occasion Rasheed accused NHPC of failing to fulfil its legal and moral duties. Rasheed was told that the arrogance of NHPC is touching all-time high and they have no respect for rights and lives of people living around dam sites and other strategic places, the spokesman in a statement said.

Asking NHPC to mend its behaviour, Rashed said; “Rubeena is not the only one who lost her life due to the negligence of NHPC, but so for around a dozen human lives have been lost just for the reason that NHPC is not interested even in taking preventive measures to stop mishaps. It is unfortunate that the authorities have stopped using sirens to aware masses when gates of dams are open to allow bulk quantities of surplus water to flow into Jehlum and Rubeena’s death occurred only for the reason that no siren was used till she was trapped by the flashy surplus waters”.

Rasheed further expressed his displeasure towards NHPC for the reason that the organization has broken all its promises, agreements and assurances made with the people of Uri from time to time over different issues. He asked NHPC to come out with the facts about its contributions made in Uri on account of corporate social responsibility.

Rasheed also visited Chief General Manager NHPC at Gengal and apprised him of the concerns of local inhabitants and sought immediate compensation for the family of Rubeena Jan.

Meanwhile, Rasheed presented an award to Nahida Manzoor, the first young lady from J&K for conquering Mount Everest said that Kashmiris don’t lack the talent and the youth who are being honoured in the function have performed so brilliantly despite all odds.


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