Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel on Friday evening announced a compensation of Rs 50 lakh for the kin of the man who died when an SUV plowed into a religious procession at Pathalgaon in Jashpur district, an official said.
One person has died after twenty people at a Durga idol immersion procession were run over by a speeding SUV in Pathalgaon in Jashpur, Chattishgarh. The two occupants of the car have been arrested and 17 injured are being treated at two hospitals.
Ajay Yadav, IG, Jaishpur said the car was being driven by drug traffickers, who were hauling drugs from Odisha to Madhya Pradesh. Both the accused have been arrested and the police have leveled charges of murder against them, he said, adding that while one person had died, seventeen others were admitted to two hospitals.
Yadav said an ASI of Chhattisgarh Police was being investigated for negligence.
The accused have been identified as Bablu Vishwakarma and Shishupal Sahu, and are residents of Madhya Pradesh and were passing through Chhattisgarh, news agency ANI quoted the Jashpur SP Office as saying. Action is being taken against them, it further said.
Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel reacted to the accident, calling it “sad and heartbreaking”.
“The culprits were immediately arrested. Prima facie action has also been taken against the police officers who appeared guilty. An inquiry has been ordered. No one will be spared. Justice will be done to all. May God give rest the soul of the departed,” he said in a tweet.