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Jharkhand: Ropeway victims kin get compensation

Ranchi: Deoghar district administration on Monday handed over Rs 5 lakh each to the next of kin of those who died during ropeway accident at Trikut hills on April 10. State agriculture minister Badal Patralekh and his cabinet colleague Hafizul Hassan (tourism, spots, art and culture) jointly handed the cheques.

Three persons including two women had died during Trikut ropeway mishap in which several tourists got stranded in different cabin cars, hanging midair for several hours. It was only after over 40-hour rescue mission by Indian Air Force, ITBP, NDRF and other agencies, 45 persons were rescued. Those who died were identified as Shobha Devi, Rakesh Mandal and Sumati Devi. Two of them died after falling from the helicopter during the airlifting process after their safety clamp got dislodged.

Following chief minister Hemant Soren’s announcement to compensate the deceased, district administration on Monday formally handed the cheques drawn from state disaster management department’s coffers.

Patralekh said, “As promised by the government, we have provided compensation to the families of those who lost their near ones. While no amount can compensate the loss of a person, but our government is committed to also provide them with welfare schemes if needed.”

Damodar Ropeways and Infrastructure Private Limited, a Bengal based firm which was operating the ropeway since 2009, too had separately announced to provide Rs 25 lakh each as compensation to next kin of the deceased.

On April 10, when the state was celebrating Ramnavami, disaster struck at Trikut Hills after one of the cable-cars collided with a rock, leading to chain of collision resulting into snapping of a ropeway. Several tourists got stranded midair in different cable cars. It took over 40-hour long rescue operation by Indian Air Force, army, ITBP, NDRF and local administration to save 45 lives. The ropeway site is currently sealed by the local administration till the probe is over.