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3 lakh compensation, job to Amravati firing victim's family

Written by: Staff

Nagpur, Nov 23 (UNI) The State Government will pay a compensation of Rs three lakh and provide job to a member of the family of Dinesh Wankhede, who succumbed today to injuries sustained in police firing in Amravati last week.

The police had opened fire on protestors, on November 14, who were demonstrating against the killing of four members of a dalit family by villagers in Khairlanji in Bhandara district in the Vidarbha region.

Maharashtra Minister for Social Justice Chandrakant Handore gave the assurance over telephone from Mumbai to a delegation of activists in Amravati, District Collector Ravindra Jadhav told UNI.

Besides paying the compensation, the State Government would provide a job to one member of the Wankhede family, Mr Jadhav said.

Meanwhile, the mortal remains of Wankhede were consigned to flames in Amravati this afternoon amid tight security. The funeral passed off peacefully and no untoward incidents were reported.

The police had beefed up security in sensitive localities of Amravati, and deployed one company of the State Reserve Police Force (SRPF) in addition to the city police and the home guards to maintain law and order, Commissioner of Police S Jagan Nath said.

Wankhede succumbed to his injuries at Government Medical College and Hospital here this morning, Deputy Medical Superintendent Dr Bhushan Shambharkar said. The body was later taken to Amravati by the family.

Four members of a dalit family -- Surekha Bhotmange (45), daughter Priyanka (18), and sons Roshan (23) and Suresh (21) were killed by a mob in Khairlanji late on the night of September 30 over a land dispute.


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