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Tamil Nadu: 2 children among 11 killed in Temple Chariot procession mishap

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has condoled the loss of lives in the tragedy besides praying for the recovery of the injured.

In a tragic incident reported from the state of Tamil Nadu, as many as 11 people have lost their lives, including two children, and several others were injured due to electrocution during a temple festival at Kalimedu town of Thanjavur district.

The incident occurred when a high tension electric wire got entangled with the temple chariot while it was being pulled by devotees during the 94th Appar Gurupoojai celebrations of Appar Swami Temple on Tuesday night.

A large crowd of people who had gathered from nearby areas to participate in the event was pulling the temple chariot through the streets when an electric wire got entangled in the chariot as it was being turned.

This resulted in the instant electrocution of 11 people with 3 people being killed on the spot.

It may be mentioned here that the situation was dangerous, and more people could have died in the incident, but a massive loss of life was averted as nearly 50 people stepped away from the temple chariot after the electrocution.

Meanwhile, 15 more people have been injured and they were rushed to Thanjavur Medical College and Hospital for treatment.

An FIR has been registered and an investigation has started in connection with deaths due to electrocution during the chariot procession.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has condoled the loss of lives in the tragedy besides praying for the recovery of the injured.

PM Modi has also announced an ex-gratia of Rupees 2 lakh to the next of kin of those who have lost their lives besides Rupees 50 thousand to the injured.

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister has also announced a compensation of Rupees 5 lakh to the families of victims who died in the accident.

First Published: 27th April, 2022 14:08 IST

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