Chennai, Aug 19: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami on Monday announced a solatium of Rs two lakh each to the families of eight people, who were killed when a goods carrier in which they were travelling, plunged into a well at S N Pudhur village near Thuraiyur in Trichy district last evening. In a statement here, he expressed grief and anguish over their deaths and announced an assistance of Rs two lakh each to their families. Stating that nine people, who suffered injuries in the mishap were undergoing treatment at the hospital, Mr Palaniswami also announced an assistance of Rs 50,000 each to those who had serious injuries and Rs 25,000 to those who suffered simple injuries.
Soon after hearing about the accident, he had directed the District Administration to take up relief and rescue works immediately and provide all assistance to the victims. The Chief Minister said he had also deputed Tourism Minister Vellamandi N Natarajan, Transport Minister M R Vijayabhaskar and Backward Classes and Minority Welfare Minister S Valarmathi to to the spot console the families of the deceased and visit the injured at the hospital. He also wished all the injured a speedy recovery. A total of 17 people were returning to their native village after attending a local temple festival, when the driver lost control following a tyre burst and plunged into the well. UNI