3 patients injured in Kumarghat chariot tragedy being shifted to Delhi: CM Dr. Manik Saha

Chief Minister Dr. Manik Saha on Saturday visited the injured persons of the Tripura chariot tragedy admitted here at Agartala GBP Hospital and enquired their health condition.

During his visit the Chief Minister said that government took the initiative to send at least three critically injured persons to Delhi for further treatment. They sustained burn injuries in the June 28 accident in Kumarghat.

“The doctors here had done a good job but the families of three critical patients wanted them to be shifted to Delhi for better treatment,” he said, adding that the Delhi based doctors who were in video conference had appreciated the treatment of the admitted patients by the state doctors. Saha said two patients were being flown to Delhi on Saturday and the third on Sunday.

At least seven people including three children died of electrocution and 16 others injured after a Lord Jagannath chariot came into contact with an overhead high-voltage electric wire during the “Ulto Rath (return journey)” procession as part of the annual Rath Yatra festival in Tripura’s Unakoti district on June 28.

The state government earlier announced Rs. 4 lakh ex-gratia for the next of kin of the dead and Rs.2.5 lakh for those with over 60% burns. Those with 40-60% burn injuries were to get Rs. 75,000. Prime Minister Narendra Modi also announced an additional assistance of Rs. 2 lakh for death and Rs. 50,000 for injuries from the Prime Minister’s Relief Fund.



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