PM Narendra Modi on Sunday approved Rs 50,000 for those who were seriously injured in the boat tragedy in Bihar which happened on Saturday. PM Modi also approved ex-gratia from PMNRF of Rs 2 lakh for the next of kin for those who lost their lives in the Bihar boat tragedy. The rescue operation in the boat tragedy resumed on Sunday morning after being halted for the night. The NDRF rescue team has recovered 25 bodies so far. A boat carrying 40 people had capsized in the Ganga river in Patna on Saturday. Eight people who were rescued are being treated at the hospital. Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar had ordered a probe into the matter immediately after the incident.
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The incident happened late in the evening when several people were coming back from the annual Kite flying festival on the occasion of Makar Sakranti which was happening on the other side of river. According to the reports, the boat was overcrowded and the incident happened just when the people were getting off. District Magistrate had yesterday said that the incident which claimed so many lives occurred barely 200 metres from Sambalpur diara area. BJP leader Prem Kumar had condemned the incident and had put the blame on state government. Accusing Bihar government for the causing the tragedy, he had said that proper arrangement weren’t in place and that it was a serious lapse.
In a recent development, an FIR has been lodged against the boat operator in Sonpur Police Station.