New Delhi, Jan 15: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday evening expressed sadness over the loss of lives in West Bengal stampede and sanctioned Rs 2 lakh for next of kin of the deceased and Rs 50,000 for those injured.
He approved ex-gratia from PM National Relief Fund (PMNRF) of Rs 2 lakh for next of kin of the deceased and Rs 50,000 for those injured in the stampede.
The stampede occurred at 6 pm during Ganga Sagar festival at Kochuberia in West Bengal's South 24 Parganas district, resulting in the death of at least five people, including a woman.
District officials said two pilgrims died on the spot and three, including the woman, in the hospital. The stampede occured when there was a huge rush of pilgrims to board vessels to reach Kolkata, the officials said.