"The state government has decided to pay ex gratia compensation of Rs six lakh each to the victims of the violent attack in Anantnag last night. While seriously injured yatris will be paid Rs two lakh, those with minor injuries will be paid Rs one lakh," officials said.
They said the state government will also give a cash reward of Rs three lakh to the driver of the bus, Sheikh Saleem Gafoor, for showing "exemplary courage and presence of mind" while driving through the bullets.
Governor Vohra also announced a special reward of Rs 2 lakh to the driver of the bus, whose alert responses saved the lives of many pilgrims as he kept the vehicle moving even when he was under heavy fire from the front and the wind-screen had been shattered, a spokesman of the board said.
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