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Ex-gratia to Wokha mishap victims
Staff Reporter DIMAPUR, JUN 26 (NPN):
Published on 27 Jun. 2009 12:43 AM IST
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Nagaland government has released ex-gratia for the victims of the June 5 accident near Longsa village, police check gate where two persons were killed and another two injured. One person succumbed to his injuries on June 18. Speaking to Nagaland Post, H. Khulu, Commissioner Nagaland said that an ex-gratia of Rs. 1 Lakh each to the two victims’ family and Rs.50, 000 each to the injured persons have been granted. He said DC Wokha has been asked to collect the amount and to distribute it to the victims’ family members and the injured. DC Wokha, Wepretso Mero confirmed that he had received verbal communication from the home commissioner to depute an officer to collect the ex-gratia. Asked about the appointment commitment made by the government, the DC said no application had been received so far from the victim’s family. He also said no initiative had been taken by the victim’s family seeking appointment with the government. Press secretary to the chief minister, when asked about the appointment promised to the victim’s wife in the presence of frontal organizations like Kyong Hoho, Kyong Students’ Union, district administration, etc. said that humanitarian view would be taken into consideration for the second victim Nchumthung Ezung, who succumbed to his injury. Meanwhile, the Wokha Circle Students’ Union (WCSU) through a press release has requested the state government to fulfill the agreement made to the victim’s families. Stating that they would not remain mere spectator, the WCSU has also urged the state government to expedite the matter in providing appointment to the victim’s family. It further said that failing to the commitment made to the victim’s family would invite “unwarranted action” from the union.

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