House collapses in Kishtwar; 3 brothers killed
Rs 4 lakh ex-gratia sanctioned for each deceased
STATE TIMES NEWS
Kishtwar: Three visually impaired brothers were killed and 2 other members of the family were injured after their house collapsed due to heavy rains in Jammu and Kashmir’s Kishtwar district on Friday night.
The incident took place around 11.45 pm when the six family members were sleeping in their two-room of mud house located at Ajnna hamlet in Pullar Panchayat of Nagseni block, Kishtwar, SSP Kishtwar Khalil Poswal said.
The incident occurred in Nagseni area, which is about 45 KM away from the district headquarters.
“According to initial reports the house collapsed due to heavy rains when the five family members were sleeping. Three of them died (all blind) while their mother and sister who were sleeping in other room escaped with injuries,” SSP added.
The bodies of three brothers were pulled out of the debris and injured mother and her daughter were also rescued by the villagers. A police team along with officials of civil administration has also reached the spot.
The deceased have been identified as Ravinder Kumar 32, son of Soram Singh, his brothers Rajesh Kumar 30 and Sajjan Kumar (28) all residents of Ajnna Puller Nagseni.
Deputy Commissioner (DC) Kishtwar, Dr. Devansh Yadav has expressed heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family.
The District administration took immediate steps to provide relief to the family and provided financial support of Rs. 25,000 to the family besides material relief under the Red Cross.
Furthermore, the Deputy Commissioner has announced ex-gratia relief up to Rs 4 Lakh for each deceased, besides compensation for the damaged house as per the SDRF norms. This additional relief fund has been provided to assist the family in coping with the long-term implications of this tragic incident.
The district administration has assured every possible support to the affected family. Concerned authorities have initiated enquiry into the incident to take appropriate measures to prevent such occurrences in the future.