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Tamil Nadu CM Stalin announces Rs 5 lakh compensation for families of victims in Thanjavur electrocution incident

By Priyanka Verma 
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Tamil Nadu: Tamil Nadu chief minister MK Stalin on Wednesday, April 27, extended condolences and relief to the families of the victims of the electrocution incident that took place during a chariot process in the state’s Thanjavur region.

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Tamil Nadu chief minister MK Stalin also announced Rs 5 lakh compensation for the families of the victims. He also directed authorities to provide the best medical facilities to the injured victims who were hospitalised.

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The Chief Minister’s Office (CMO) through their Twitter account said, “Hon’ble Chief Minister extends condolences and relief to the families of the victims of the power outage in Kalimedu village in Thanjavur district.”

A total of 11 people lost their lives after a chariot came into contact with live wire during a procession in Appar Swami temple in the Thanjavur district. An FIR has been registered and the case is now under investigation.

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V. Balakrishnan Inspector General of Police, Tiruchi Range said, “A total of 11 people have died. Three people died on the spot and seven died in the hospital. 15 people are injured and have been taken to Thanjavur Medical College for treatment. FIR has been filed and an investigation into the matter has started,” reported by News agency.

Also, the police officials stated that the incident occurred after the temple car came in contact with a high voltage power line and went up in flames.

Balakrishnan further said that “Prima facie it suggests that some high tension wire came in contact with the temple car (of chariot festival) during the annual chariot festival in the kallimedu village,” adding, “The temple car was negotiating a turn and faced some obstacle before being reversed when it came in contact with the overhead line.”

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