Jammu and Kashmir Announces Compensation For Victims Of Amarnath Attack

state government will also give a cash reward of Rs three lakh to the driver of the bus, Sheikh Saleem Gafoor.

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Jammu and Kashmir Announces Compensation For Victims Of Amarnath Attack

Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board also announced compensations for the victims of the Amarnath Attack


Srinagar:  The Jammu and Kashmir government has announced Rs six lakh compensation to the families of each of the seven Amarnath pilgrims killed in the terrorist attack while the Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board (SASB) has decided to give out Rs five lakh each to families of victims.

"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 N N Vohra, in his capacity as chairman of SASB, also announced relief of Rs five lakh to the families of those killed in the incident; Rs 1.50 lakh to those who had suffered grievous injuries and Rs 75,000 for Yatris with minor injuries.

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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