VELLORE: The parents of 14-year-old Priyanka from Jharkhand, who had fallen into an open drain two weeks ago and died in Vellore city, petitioned Collector R Nanthagopal on Monday, seeking compensation for the death of their daughter.
Indirajeet Mukerjee, a government school teacher and a resident of Makatpur in Giridih district in Jharkhand, along with his wife Sushmitha and their 9-year-old younger daughter Neha came to the Collectorate on Monday morning.
He submitted a petition to the Collector
R Nanthagopal, seeking financial aid under the Chief Minister Relief Fund, for the loss of his elder daughter Priyanka. The parents told that the relief fund would be helpful for them to provide better care for the second daughter.
The Collector assured the Priyanka’s parents that suitable action would be taken regarding their petition. “We have already recommended for the CM relief fund for Priyanka’s family. Once the fund is sanctioned by the Chief Minister, we will hand it over to the parents,” the Collector said.
He further said, Priyanka’s parents had also sought the district administration’s help in returning to their native after the treatment for their younger daughter was over on Monday. The district administration has assisted Priyanka’s family to return home.
Priyanka had come with her parents to Vellore on May 31 for her younger sister Neha’s treatment at the Christian Medical College Hospital. On 2 June, Priyanka, accompanied by her relative Amit Soran, had fallen into the open drain in Beri Subrmaniya Swami Koil Street when she was returning to the lodge. She was pulled into the drain and was sucked by the whirlpool.
Priyanka’s body was located and recovered from the discharge point of the sewage in Palar riverbed. The marathon search operations that had stretched for 60 hours ended during the early hours on June 5.