Pune Railway Division pays compensation to victims’ kin

ST CORRESPONDENT
Thursday, 11 October 2018

In three cases of the hoarding collapse victims, the Pune Railway authorities are facing problems due to failure in identifying the family of the victims. Also, two families have refused to accept the cheques.

PUNE: The Pune Railway Division has started paying ex gratia amount to survivors of the victims of the tragic incident of hoarding collapse that took place  near Juna Bazaar Chowk on October 5. However, in three cases, the Railway authorities are facing problems due to problem in identifying the family of the victims. Also, two families have refused to accept the cheques.

According to the Railway, “We have issued a cheque of Rs 5 lakh for the deceased, Sham Rajaram Dhotre. But the identification of legal heirs of his family is yet to be confirmed, which is under process. After the procedure, the cheque will be given to the person.”

A team of Railway officials visited Savda district in Jalgaon, the native place of the deceased Shamrao Gangadhar Kasar to give a Rs 5 lakh cheque to his family members. But the family has refused to accept the cheque as the final rituals are underway. However, the authorities said in a statement that the family will receive the cheque after completing the final ritual process.

One of the persons injured in the accident, identified as Umesh More, is undergoing treatment at Sassoon Hospital. 

The family has refused to accept the ex gratia amount of Rs 1 lakh. The Railway officials have made it clear to the family that the Railway will bear all the expenses incurred in the treatment. 

Another critically injured person, identified as Mahesh Vasantrao Yeshvekar, is undergoing treatment at Dinanath Mangeshkar Hospital in Erandwane. 

The doctors of the hospital, as well as Railway doctors, are trying their best to save him. The Railway will also bear the medical expenses of the survivor. The Railway has given Rs 1 lakh cheque to his son.

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