Kangra bus mishap: Kin of deceased to get Rs 2 lakh each

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Manmeet Singh Gill

Tribune News Service

Amritsar, June 18

The district administration has sent a proposal to the state government for giving a grant of Rs 2 lakh each to family members of 10 persons who had died in a bus accident near Kangra earlier this week.

It was disclosed by MLA Raj Kumar Verka during a visit to Guru Nanak Dev Hospital here today.

While interacting with the injured, the MLA said an aid of Rs 25,000 would be given to the injured persons.

“The proposal has been sent to the Chief Minister’s office and it would be approved within a day or two,” said Verka, adding that earlier the Himachal Pradesh Government had announced a grant of Rs 4 lakh to the kin of the deceased and Rs 25,000 to the injured. The 10 residents from Dapai and its nearby areas in the city had died in the accident.

Lok Sabha member Gurjit Singh Aujla and MLA Om Parkash Soni also visited the hospital and enquired about the health of the injured admitted to the hospital.

Aujla said the hospital authorities had been instructed to provide all help to the patients.

Meanwhile, the district administration in a press release issued here today said the person allegedly slapped by the Medical Superintendent on June 16 when the patients were received at the hospital was an agent of a private hospital. The official release stated that the said person was identified as Muntsar Masih.

The administration has stated that tehsildar Lakhwinderpal Singh Gill had visited the patients on the night of June 16 and again on June 17. Statements of the admitted patients were videographed and all patients had expressed satisfaction over the treatment offered by the hospital.

Hospital’s Medical Superintendent Ram Sarup Sharma said the hospital had got funds for medicines, diagnosis and surgical implants, hence, the patients need not worry.

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