Chief Minister Seeks Answers for Makar Sankranti Boat Tragedy

Nitish Kumar holding meeting with top officials in Patna on Sunday.

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Patna: A day after a boat tragedy in the Ganges took lives of over two dozen people, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Sunday held a meeting of top bureaucrats to deal with the public relations nightmare that threatens to undermine his brand coming out of a highly successful Prakash Utsav celebration that earned him worldwide accolade.

Boat that capsized on Saturday killing at least 25 people recovered on Sunday.Boat that capsized on Saturday killing at least 25 people recovered on Sunday.Besides directing the officials to lodge FIR against a private amusement company that was also running an unlicensed boat service in the river, Kumar talked with Bihar Tourism officials who had sponsored the kite flying event at the diara to mark the festival of Makar Sankranti.

Ordering a high-level probe in the boat accident, Kumar sought full report from the Disaster Management Principal Secretary to determine who should be held accountable for the disaster when accusations were flying from all directions holding the Nitish administration responsible for the lack of adequate safety arrangement at the diara.

As reported, more than 70 people were returning to Patna on a boat after a fun-filled day at the diara when the boat capsized in the river throwing all the passengers in the water. While some people were able to swim back to safety, at least 24 died in the accident.

Acting swiftly to avoid any negative publicity, the Chief Minister wasted no time in announcing Rs. 4 lakh in compensation to the family of the victims. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, while also expressing his grief over the tragedy, announced Rs. 2 lakh to the family members of the victims.

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