Drowned NCC cadets’ families to get Rs 10 lakh each
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It is a tragic incident that shook me. I have asked for a detailed report about the incident and what led to the mishap," Antony
The bodies of five NCC cadets, who drowned in Periyar River in Kerala, were airlifted to the Capital in an IAF aircraft on Thursday afternoon, where Defence Minister AK Antony and the chief ministers of Delhi and Kerala paid their tributes.
Soon after the bodies landed at the Palam technical airport, senior politicians, a contingent of NCC cadets and Air Force officials paid tribute to the five cadets. A compensation of Rs 10 lakh was announced for their families by the Centre and two state governments — Delhi and Kerala.
The families of the cadets were at Army parade grounds, where a separate ceremony was organised by NCC. The bodies were later handed over to the families.
"It is a tragic incident that shook me. I have asked for a detailed report about the incident and what led to the mishap," Antony said. He sais the Centre would provide a compensation of Rs 4 lakh to the families.
Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit announced compensation of Rs 4 lakh to each family. She said, "It is an irreparable loss and India has lost its talent."
The tragic incident took place on Wednesday, when the cadets were trekking through the forest in Malayattur. Two persons from the group were clicking photographs, when a strong water current swept them away. Three others drowned while trying to save them.
The cadets were identified as Gulvez Ahmed (18) of Shaheed Bhagat Singh College, Dilshad Alam (18), Tabish Baqrri (18) and Muhammad Zeeshan (18), all from Jamia Millia Islamia Polytechnic and Hemanth Kumar (15), a native of Tughlakabad extension and student of Government Boys Senior Secondary School in Kalkaji. "One of them drowned first and others were killed in the turbulent waters while trying to save him," Kerala CM Oommen Chandy said. He announced a compensation of Rs 2 lakh for each family.