Apex court issues notice in 2004 Tamil Nadu school fire case

On July 16, 2004, 94 students were killed and 18 injured when fire broke out in Sri Krishna Primary School in Thanjavur district.

Updated: Feb 04, 2011, 12:38 PM IST

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Friday issued notice to the central and Tamil Nadu governments on a petition seeking compensation for the 94 students who died when a fire broke out in a primary school in Tamil Nadu`s Kumbakonam town in July 2004.

An apex court bench of Justice Dalveer Bhandari and Justice Deepak Verma issued notice on the petition by the Kumbakonam fire tragedy victims association.

The petitioner has also demanded a 12 percent per annum interest on the compensation since the date of tragedy, July 16, 2004.

The next kith and kin of the deceased were earlier paid Rs.1 lakh. Rs.25,000 was given to those seriously injured and Rs.10,000 was paid to those with simple injuries as ex-gratia payment.

On the day of the incident, fire broke out in Sri Krishna Primary School in Thanjavur district, killing 94 students and leaving 18 with grievous injuries.

IANS