Amarnath Yatra accident: Narendra Modi announces Rs 2 lakh compensation for victims' kin

PM Narendra Modi announced compensation of Rs 2 lakh for the next of kin of the Amarnath pilgrims killed in a bus accident and Rs 50,000 for those seriously injured.

PTI July 16, 2017 20:52:44 IST
Amarnath Yatra accident: Narendra Modi announces Rs 2 lakh compensation for victims' kin

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday announced compensation of Rs 2 lakh for the next of kin of the Amarnath pilgrims killed in a bus accident in in Jammu and Kashmir and Rs 50,000 for those seriously injured.

"PM announced ex gratia of Rs. 2 lakhs for next of kin of those killed & Rs. 50,000 for those seriously injured, in the bus accident in J&K (sic)," the Prime Minister's Office tweeted.

Amarnath Yatra accident Narendra Modi announces Rs 2 lakh compensation for victims kin

The accident comes just days after militants attacked a bus ferrying yatris in Anantnag along the Jammu-Srinagar Highway on Monday. AP

Sixteen Amarnath pilgrims were killed and around 27 injured, 19 of them critically, when their bus skidded off the Jammu-Srinagar national highway and fell into a deep nullah in Ramban district of Jammu and Kashmir on Sunday, officials said.

Earlier, Modi expressed pain at the loss of lives.

Union home minister Rajnath Singh also spoke to Jammu and Kashmir governor NN Vohra and Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti and took stock of the situation following the the incident.

The government has set up a helpline for inquiry about the Amarnath pilgrims travelling in the bus that met with the accident in Ramban. The helpline numbers are - 091-2560401, and 0191-2542000.

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