WB government to constitute medical board

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Kolkata, Jan 19 (PTI) Acting on Calcutta High Courtdirections, the West Bengal government today said it will paycompensation to the relatives of those killed and injured inthe January 7 Lalgarh firing in West Midnapore district andalso constitute a medical board.

"We have decided to constitute a medical board headedby Director Health Services comprising two medical officers.

The board will examine the nature of injury, serious orotherwise so that the compensation amount can be fixed,"Chief Secretary Samar Ghosh told reporters here.

The board will be functional by Saturday, Ghosh said.

The high court has directed that the kin of thosekilled be paid Rs two lakh each, the seriously injured Rs onelakh each and those with minor injuries Rs 50,000 each withinseven days.

On the investigation, Ghosh said that since the courthas directed that the investigation will be carried on by theCID, it has been asked to expedite the investigation under asenior officer and report to the state government.

"We will have to produce developments so far asinvestigation is concerned, to the court on February 4," Ghoshsaid.

On armed camps, Ghosh said, "A joint team of policeand central forces will look into the list of camps placed incourt." PTI SAG PC

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