Darjeeling bridge collapse: Rs.2 lakh for victims’ kin

October 23rd, 2011 - 6:03 pm ICT by IANS  

Mamata Banerjee Darjeeling, Oct 23 (IANS) West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Sunday announced compensation of Rs.2 lakh each to the families of those killed in the bridge collapse in this north Bengal district.

“It is a very tragic event. The state government will give a sum of Rs.2 lakh each to the families of the dead. We will also undertake the responsibility of treatment of the injured,” said Banerjee, who visited the North Bengal Medical College in Siliguri to meet the affected.

Those with serious injuries will be paid Rs.50,000 each and people with less severe wounds will be given Rs.25,000 each.

The accident left at least 32 dead and 132 injured.

The overburdened British-era wooden suspension bridge on Little Rangeet river in Bijonbari - headquarters of the Darjeeling Pulbazar development block - gave way Saturday evening as over 200 people stood on it to listen to speeches of Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) leaders like Bimal Gurung in the area, 30 km from Darjeeling town.

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