Bhubaneswar: Expressing profound grief at the death of Amiya Bharimal on Sunday, who was rammed by a bus outside the Lion safari inside Nandankanan Zoological Park on January 3, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today announced ex-gratia of Rs 2 lakh for the next of the kin of deceased.
Sources said the compensation will be provided out of the Chief Minister's Relief Fund (CMRF). One of the family members of the deceased will also be provided with a Government job.
The deceased, Amiya Bharimal was a resident of Mahuria village in Khurda district.
Bharimal along with his two friends were moving inside the zoo when the safari bus hit them from behind. They were admitted to a private hospital in the city following the mishap.
While the two others sustained minor injuries, Bharimal sustained severe injuries and was was undergoing treatment in ICU of the Capital Hospital. He succumbed to the injuries on Sunday evening.
Meanwhile, the family members of the deceased held the zoo authorities responsible for the mishap and demanded immediate action against those responsible.
On the other hand Nandankanan Zoological Park Deputy Director Jayant Kumar Das said that the mishap occurred due to the carelessness of the safari driver.