Child’s death in Nagavali river: ADJ court acquits Narges K Ashtari

Rayagada, Mar 25: Rayagada ADJ court on Saturday acquitted Iranian charity worker Narges Kalbasi Ashtari of charges of causing child death due to negligence in Nagavali river.
According to reports, the court while conducting hearing on the sensational case acquitted Narges due to lack of evidence. Besides, it gave her option to demand compensation from the state government for wrongfully charged for the last two years.
Earlier on December 5, 2016, the Rayagada SDJM had sentenced the Iranian charity worker to one year jail term and ordered her to pay a compensation of Rs 3 lakh to the child’s family saying the minor had died due to her negligence.
Narges used to serve several differently-abled children at her Prishan Foundation in Rayagada.
Among her employees was Peter Jilakar who served there as a watchman. Besides, Peter’s son Aseem used to live in the Foundation.
In November 2014, Nargis along with other inmates of the Foundation took visually impaired Aseem to the outskirts of Rayagada town for a picnic. Aseem fell into the Nagavali river and died while crossing on a hanging bridge.
Aseem’s father had lodged a complaint with the police against Narges and Foundation’s Secretary Jewel Raju Gupta following the incident.
The SDJM court though had acquitted Gupta due to lack of evidence had sentenced Ashtari to one year in prison and asked her to pay a compensation of Rs 3 lakh to the kin of the deceased minor.

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