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Samajwadi Party demands Rs 1.5L aid to Biluakhai boat tragedy victims’ kin

Bhubaneswar: The Samajwadi Party State unit president Rabi Behera on Saturday urged the State Government to provide a compensation of 1.5 lakh each to the family members of the five deceased persons who were killed on Friday as the boat carrying them capsized in Biluakhai river in Jagatsinghpur.

Also demanding a compensation of Rs 50,000 to the injured persons, Behera in a letter to the Chief Minister said, “The State Government had paid a compensation of Rs 1.5 lakh to the family members of the victims of Hirakud Reservoir boat tragedy. But here though the accident is same the Government has provided just Rs 10,000 as compensation, besides Rs 2,000 for funeral rights of the deceased.”

This apart, the party demanded regulation of boat ferrying, engagement of trained boatman and provision of life jackets to the passengers.    

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