PM announces compensation for victims of J-K Amarnath pilgrims bus accident

PM announced ex gratia of Rs. 2 lakhs for next of kin of those killed & Rs. 50,000 for those seriously injured.

Published: 16th July 2017 11:07 PM  |   Last Updated: 16th July 2017 11:07 PM   |  A+A-

By PTI

NEW DELHI; Prime Minister Narendra Modi today 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.     

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 today, officials said.     

Earlier, Modi expressed pain at the loss of lives.

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