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Chhattisgarh road accident: Odisha CM announces ex-gratia for next of kin of those killed in mishap

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Bhubaneswar, Sep 05: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Saturday expressed deep grief at the death of seven people of Ganjam district in a road accident in Chhattisgarh and announced ex-gratia of Rs two lakh each for the next of kin of the deceased.

Naveen Patnaik

Conveying his deep sympathy to the bereaved families, Patnaik also directed Rural Development and Labour Minister Sushant Singh to immediately proceed to Raipur to extend necessary assistance to the victims of the accident, a statement from the Chief Minister's Office said.

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"Besides ex-gratia of Rs 2 lakh each from the Chief Minister's Relief Fund (CMRF) for the bereaved families, Patnaik has also announced free medical treatment to the injured and wished their speedy recovery," it said.

Seven workers were killed and as many others injured on Saturday when a bus carrying them rammed into a truck on the outskirts of Chhattisgarh capital Raipur. The accident took place in the early hours on the National Highway-53 near Serikhedi village under Telibandha police station area.

"The mishap occurred when the bus carrying 59 workers was heading to Gujarat from neighbouring Odisha," Station House Officer (SHO) Telibandha police station Ramakant Sahu told reporters. All the 59 workers hailing from Ganjam district (Odisha) were going to Surat (Gujarat) to work in cloth mills, the SHO said.

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