New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday expressed deep grief over the mishap in Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu, and announced an ex-gratia from the Prime Minister's National Relief Fund (PMNRF) for the victims.
In a series of tweets, the Prime Minister's Office tweeted, "Deeply pained by the mishap in Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu. My thoughts are with the bereaved families in this hour of grief. I hope those injured recover soon: PM"
"Rs. 2 lakh each from PMNRF would be given to the next of kin of those who have lost their lives due to the mishap in Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu. The injured would be given Rs. 50,000: PM," he added.
As many as 11 people were electrocuted and several others were injured during a temple festival at Kalimedu town in Tamil Nadu's Thanjavur district.
According to reports, an electric wire got entangled with the temple chariot while it was being pulled by devotees, resulting in the death of 11 people, including two children.
The 94th Appar Gurupoojai (festival for Lord Ayyapa) was celebrated on Tuesday night, April 26. There was a large crowd of people from nearby areas who were participating in the event.