Bihar CM announces ex-gratia for student killed in attack in Mumbai

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Patna, Oct 21 (UNI) Aggrieved at the increasing attacks on Biharis in Maharashtra, especially during the recent railway recruitment examination in Mumbai, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar today announced ex-gratia of Rs 1.5 lakh to the next of kin of the student killed in the attack in Mumbai.

Mr Kumar announced to pay Rs one lakh from the government fund and Rs 50,000 from the Chief Minister's relief fund to the family members of the victim Pawan Kumar.

He expressed shock over the killing and said it was an attack on the Constitution to damage the democratic fabric of the country.

Mr Kumar spoke to Maharashtra Chief Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh and asked to ensure safety and security of Biharis in Mumbai and other parts of the state.

He also urged the Centre to immediately intervene into the situation and initiate action against the attackers.

Pawan Kumar, from Nalanda district, had gone to Mumbai to appear for the competitive examinations organised by the railways. He was assaulted by the activists of MNS and succumbed to his injuries.

His body will be brought here and taken to his native place for cremation.

Meanwhile, the aspirants of the railway jobs, after returning from Mumbai without taking the examinations, lodged an FIR against MNS chief Raj Thackeray and the activists of the MNS.

The students also ransacked Patna junction after returning here.

However, security personnel pacified the agitated students and controlled the situation.

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