The state government has announced financial assistance to the families of the victims who were killed when the boats in which they were carrying an idol of Goddess Durga for immersion capsized in the middle of a water body in Murshidabad district of West Bengal.

On Wednesday (October 28), the state home ministry announced on its social networking site that it would provide financial assistance to the families of the victims. According to the Home Department, on the instructions of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, financial assistance of Rs 2 lakhs will be provided to the families of the five people who died in Beldanga, Murshidabad. 

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Incidentally, on October 26, five persons drowned in the middle of a water body during the immersion of Goddess Durga. According to reports, there were twenty-five young men in that boat. After the boat sank, almost everyone swam away. However, the five fell under the idol. They tried hard to save their life but got drowned.

As soon as the incident took place, the news reached the municipality. A large police force of municipal workers and Beledanga police station reached the spot. Local people also rushed to the rescue. Later, Later, the bodies of the five people were fished out at night. The dead have been identified as Rohan Pal (23), Arindam Banerjee (23), Sukhendu De (21), Rubai Hazra Banerjee (20) and Mohor Hazra Banerjee (34).

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This tragic accident casts a shadow of mourning over the local area. Not only that, the opposition accused the administration of negligence in the incident. As soon as the Durga puja was over, the state government announced financial assistance to the families of the victims.