UP govt hikes compensation for victims of Friday’s blasts

November 24th, 2007 - 10:41 pm ICT by admin  

Lucknow, Nov 24 (ANI): The Uttar Pradesh Government on Saturday announced an increase in the compensation for victims of Friday’s multiple blasts in Varanasi, Faizabad and Lucknow that claimed the lives of at least 15 people, including four lawyers, and injured over 80.
Uttar Pradesh Principal Secretary (Home) J. N. Chamber said that Chief Minister Mayawati has increased the compensation keeping in view “the economic condition of the families of the victims”
The kin of each of the dead would get five lakh rupees, while one lakh rupees is to be paid to each of the severely injured and those who sustained minor injuries will get 50,000 rupees each, said Chamber.
Mayawati had on Friday announced a compensation of Rs. 2 lakh to the next of kin to each of those killed and Rs.50,000 for those injured in the incidents.
Condoling the loss of lives in the blasts and expressing concern for the injured, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, on Friday, also announced an ex-gratia relief of one lakh rupees for the next of the kin of the dead and Rs.50,000 for the seriously injured from the Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund.
Meanwhile, the Uttar Pradesh police released the sketches of two suspects believed to be behind the blasts.
The sketches were prepared based on the statements of eyewitnesses, including a cycle-store owner and a cycle-stand employee.
The Deputy Inspector General (DIG) P P Srivastav released the sketch of a 25-year-old youth wearing spectacles who had allegedly picked up a bicycle from the cycle stand at the railway station and after loading it with explosives allegedly kept it in the compound of the Faizabad civil court.
“The person purchased the cycle which was found at the site of the incident and was parked at the stand. There is also a possibility that there may be two different persons involved, one purchased the cycle and the other used it for the purpose,” said A K Jain, Inspector General (IG) of Lucknow zone.
The state police last night released sketches of three suspects believed to behind the blasts in Lucknow and Faizabad courts.
The sketch of the suspect who purchased the bicycle from a shop on Thursday and kept it at the railway station stand was among the three sketches released last night.
Meanwhile, Special Task Force has been asked to probe the near-simultaneous blasts in court premises at Varanasi, Faizabad and Lucknow.
Six bombs - three in Varansi, two in Faizabad and one in Lucknow - some planted on cycles, went off within a span of 15 minutes.
The blasts came a week after the Uttar Pradesh police along with central security agencies busted a Jaish-e-Mohammed module, which wanted to target Congress leader Rahul Gandhi. (ANI)

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