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Murshidabad: Mamata govt announces compensation for families of boat capsize victims


West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday sanctioned a compensation of Rs 2 lakh each to the kin of five people who drowned after two boats capsized in a water body during Durga idol immersion in Murshidabad district, the state Home Department said.

All the five men were residents of Beldanga and had gone to Dumni water body on Bijaya Dashami for immersing the idol, a senior police officer had said." Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has sanctioned Rs 2 lakh compensation each to the families of the 5 persons who died in an unfortunate incident of boat capsize during immersion of Ma Durga pratima at Beldanga 1 block in Murshidabad district on Monday." Compensation amounts are being disbursed at once," the state home department tweeted on Wednesday.

Boat capsized in Murshidabad

Five people were killed after two country boats capsized in a water body on Monday.

"The bodies of five men, all of whom were residents of Beldanga, were fished out of Dumni water body," a senior police officer said. "The incident took place around 5:15 PM. The two boats were carrying around 10 people each for Durga idol immersion," he said." Divers are still looking if there is anybody else in the water. Police and disaster management department personnel are working together. We will look into the matter," the officer said.

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