Sabarimala accident: PM announces compensation for victims

Sabarimala accident: PM announces compensation for victims
New Delhi: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Congress chief Sonia Gandhi have expressed deep shock and sent their condolences to the families of those killed in the Sabarimala stampede.

The PM has sanctioned an ex-gratia of Rs 1 lakh for the families of each of the deceased and Rs 50,000 for those injured.

President Pratibha Patil also condoled the death of Sabarimala pilgrims.

In a letter to the Kerala Chief Minister and Governor, she expressed grief over the tragedy.

Patil wished a speedy recovery to all those injured in the incident. Over 100 pilgrims returning from the shrine were killed and as many others were injured.

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi has also announced Rs 1 lakh for the families of stampede victims hailing from his state, Rs 20,000 for injured. Karnataka Chief Minister Yeddyurappa has also announced Rs 1 lakh compensation for victims from Karnataka.
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