Killed pilgrims’ kin protest non-payment of compensation

June 28th, 2012 - 12:20 am ICT by IANS  

Gurgaon, June 27 (IANS) Relatives of 24 Hindu pilgrims, who were killed in a road accident in 2010, created noisy scenes Wednesday over non-payment of Rs.2 lakh compensation announced by Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda.

Twenty-four ‘kanwarias’ (pilgrims) were killed July 31, 2010, when the truck ferrying them fell into a 150-metre deep gorge at Dabrani in Uttarakhand’s Uttarkashi district. All the 24 people who were killed belonged to Gurgoan, including 20 from Baghanki village. Those killed were in the age group of 17-25 years.

Residents from Baghanki along with the relatives of the killed pilgrims created ruckus in the official meeting of district vigilance and monitoring committee for not getting the Rs.2 lakh compensation announced by Hooda about two years ago.

The meeting was chaired by member of parliament (MP) from Gurgaon, Rao Inderjit Singh, an official said. Residents from the village blamed Hooda for not fulfilling his commitment.

Rao Inderjit Singh said: “Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda should fulfill his commitment of the compensation and building a stadium in the village.”

The chief minister’s media adviser Shiv Bhatia told IANS: “Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda would surely compensate the kin of victims.”

The ill-fated truck was on its way to Gangotri when the accident took place on the Rishikesh-Gangotri national highway, about 70 km from Dehradun in 2010.

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