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2004 Kumbakonam inferno: More compensation sought

Last Updated: Tuesday, September 18, 2012 - 22:37

Chennai: A petition seeking more compensation to parents of deceased and injured schoolchildren in the 2004 Kumbakonam fire mishap has been filed in Madras High Court.

Justice D Hariparanthaman directed the government to file its counter by September 24.

Petitioner K Inbaraj, Secretary, Kumbakonam Fire Tragedy Victims Association, whose two sons died in the fire, sought a direction to the state government to grant compensation with 12 per cent interest per annum from July 16, 2004, when 94 children were killed in an inferno in their school premises.

He also sought a direction to appoint a one man commission to determine the quantum of compensation and to offer plastic/corrective surgeries to 14 children, who suffered over 60 per cent injuries in the incident.

Tamil Nadu government in its July 20, 2004 Government Order, appointed Justice K Sampath Commission, which submitted its report on June 30, 2006.

The government had sanctioned an ex gratia of Rs one lakh each to parents of the deceased children and Rs 50,000 for those injured.


First Published: Tuesday, September 18, 2012 - 22:36

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