Jhabua (MP), Sep 13: Madhya Pradesh government today announced a reward of Rs one lakh on information leading to the arrest of Rajendra Kasawa, the absconding accused who had stored explosives for mining work in a building which triggered off a series of blasts killing 89 people at Petlawad town here.
"Anybody who passes information to law-enforcers to facilitate the arrest of Kasawa, will be rewarded with Rs 1 lakh," Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan said.
Kasawa was yesterday booked under relevant sections of IPC and Explosive Substances Act. Police have carried out searches at some places to arrest Kasawa. After the explosion yesterday, Kasawa and his family members fled from their residence.
Meanwhile, Chouhan said family members of the deceased will get aide of Rs 5 lakh instead of Rs 2 lakh as promised earlier. He also said employment will be given to the kin of the deceased. "I will return tomorrow to Petlawad and meet the family members of the deceased at 17 remaining places," he added.
According to sources, Chouhan, who faced angry protest near the blast site today, was advised against the night stay in Petlawad due to public anger over the incident. Yesterday, 89 people were killed and nearly 100 injured after a massive blast caused by mining explosives stored in a building ripped through a crowded area in Petlawad town in Jhabua district.