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Pakur: PM Modi anguished over road mishap in Jharkhand, announces ex-gratia

Ranchi: Expressing anguish over the massive road accident in Jharkhand’s Pakur district on Wednesday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the night announced ex-gratia to the next of kin of those who lost lives in the mishap. As many as 16 persons died and about 30 others were injured in the collision between passenger bus and truck carrying LPG at Paderkola under Amrapara police station around 8 am owing to poor visibility.

PMO through its official handel tweeted: “I am anguished by the bus accident in Pakur, Jharkhand. In this sad hour, condolences to the bereaved families. May the injured recover soon: PM @narendramodi.”

It added, “An ex-gratia of Rs. 2 lakh each from PMNRF would be given to the next of kin of those who lost their lives in an accident in Pakur. The injured would be given Rs. 50,000: PM @narendramodi.”

State government too had announced Rs 1 lakh each to next of kin. Among the deceased, five were women and one minor. They hailed from Dumka (3), Sahebganj (5), Deoghar (2), Pakur (3), West Bengal (1) and addresses of the two couldn’t be traced, informed a communiqué from the Pakur district administration. The collision was so severe that 15 died on the spot while one succumbed at local Sadar hospital.  

Deputy commissioner Varun Ranjan, who along with senior officials of the district, rushed to the spot said, “Following orders of the state government (chief minister), we have started giving immediately Rs 1 lakh compensation to dependants of all the 16 deceased,” he said.