Dhanbad, Oct. 6: Chief minister Hemant Soren has announced Rs 1.5 lakh compensation each for families of eight persons, including two children, who died when lightning struck Baghmara block in Dhanbad last night.
The chief minister has also promised that the amount would reach the aggrieved families within two days.
The lightning deaths were reported from three different places in Baghmara block.
Five persons were killed at Matigarha village when lightning struck a litti choka shop around 6pm. Ranjit Paswan, Narayan Das, Anil Paswan, Sudhir Bhuian and Hemlal Mahto had taken shelter at the shop to avoid heavy downpour.
Narayan, a BCCL employee, and Ranjit, a daily wage earner, died on the spot, while Anil, the owner of the shop, and vegetable vendors Sudhir and Hemlal succumbed to their injuries during treatment at BCCL central hospital at Jagjivan Nagar.
In another incident, Sunil Mahto, a daily wage labourer, died when lightning fell on an anganwadi centre near Mathabandh pond also in Baghmara around 9 pm.
Seven others sustained injuries in the incident and are undergoing treatment at different hospitals.
In a similar incident, two sisters Muskan (8) and Afrin (6) died at Mohlidih village. They were playing with their cousin Miswahullah (6) near the stairs of their maternal grandfather Gulam Mohammed’s house around 8pm when lightning struck them. Mishwahullah was lucky to escape with some injuries.
This morning, following Hemant’s directive, a team, led by Katras circle inspector Puran Mahto, visited each of the families and collected bank account numbers and other details.
Baghmara circle officer Harendra Singh, who visited the sites of the incidents last night, said, “We have initiated the process for speedy distribution of compensation. We are preparing the records of the deceased.”