Gujarat Govt to Pay Rs 5 Lakh to Heirs of Godhra Train Victims
Police guard a coach that was set ablaze in Godhra in 2002. 
Police guard a coach that was set ablaze in Godhra in 2002. (Photo: PTI)

Gujarat Govt to Pay Rs 5 Lakh to Heirs of Godhra Train Victims

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The Gujarat government has announced to pay Rs 5 lakh to each to the heirs of victims of the Sabarmati Express train incident in Godhra in 2002 on Thursday, 14 February, after the Supreme Court’s order.

As per IANS, Minister of State for Home Pradeepsinh Jadeja said, "A sum of Rs 260 lakh has been handed over to the State Legal Service Authority by the Chief Minister's relief fund for disbursement among them."

"The Supreme Court order, dated October 9, 2017, directs the government to pay aid to all the injured and the heirs of victims who died in the Sabarmati Express train on February 27, 2002," the minister said.

"According to the order, the state government as well as the Railways Ministry will have to pay Rs 5 lakh each to the heirs of victims of the tragedy at Godhra," he said.

Of the 59 people who lost their lives, 52 have been identified. The seven others could not be identified.

The claimants would have to provide details of the deceased and their relations with them, address proof, contacts, other government documents to the State Legal Service Authority office at the Gujarat High Court complex, the minister said.

(With inputs from IANS)

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