Paswan seeks Rs 10 lakh compensation for boat victims
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Last Updated: Thursday, October 01, 2009, 23:33
Patna: Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) chief Ramvilas Paswan on Wednesday held the state administration responsible for the boat tragedy in Bihar's Khagaria district on Vijaya Dashami day which claimed 61 lives and said Rs 10 lakh should be extended as compensation to the next of kin.

"The state government is responsible for not taking steps to stop overcrowding of boats...It is sheer failure on its parts," the former Union minister said.

Paswan slammed the state government for not acquiring land for a rail bridge at Khagaria and constructing the road bridges and culverts under Alauli assembly constituency represented by his brother and state LJP chief Pashupati Kumar Paras.

He demanded that the state government make available ex-gratia of Rs 10 lakh to the bereaved families, besides a government job.

Sonia Gandhi condoles deaths

Congress President Sonia Gandhi today expressed sorrow over the death of women and children in two boat tragedies in Bihar and requested the state government to take steps to avoid their recurrence.

"I am very pained to hear that 11 women and children have died and 40 others are missing in two separate incidents of boat capsize in Bagmati river in Khagadia and Kosi river in Darbhanga districts of Bihar", she said.

"The heart-rending incident happening at the time of Durga Puja, a festival of happiness is quite painful," Gandhi said in a press release.

Bureau Report

First Published: Thursday, October 01, 2009, 23:33

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