K Raju (Credit: https://kerala.gov.in/adv-k-raju
K Raju (Credit: https://kerala.gov.in/adv-k-raju

Kerala minister announces Rs 7.5 L compensation for family of forest watchers killed in fire

ANI | Updated: Feb 17, 2020 17:03 IST

Thiruvananthapuram (Kerala) [India], Feb 17 (ANI): Kerala government on Monday announced a compensation of Rs 7. 5 lakh each to families of the three forest range watchers, killed in a wildfire at the Vadakkanchery range in Thrissur district on Sunday.
Forest Minister K Raju said that Rs 7.5 lakh each will be provided as compensation to the families of three forest watchers.
While three  watchers - Divakaran and Velayudhan were burnt to death while trying to douse the fire in the HNL Plantation at the Poongodu Forest Station limit, one more watcher Sankaran, who was admitted to hospital with severe burns, succumbed to his injuries later.
"The government will cover the costs of the post-mortem and other hospital expenses," said the forest minister adding that if there was any negligence on the part of HNL in taking preventive measures against the fire, it will be examined.
The Forest Minister also said a detailed investigation will be conducted into the possible causes of the wildfire. (ANI)

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