The Sikkim government on February 10 announced an ex-gratia of Rs 5 lakh for the family of the deceased killed in Ranipur after a truck rammed into a fair ground where a tambola program was underway.
Gangtok district magistrate Tushar Nikhare while speaking to the media on the incident said that a Tambola program was going on in Ranipur at around 7.30 pm in the evening on Feb 10. "During the program, a truck entered there, due to which 3 people died. About 20 patients have been admitted to the hospital...They are undergoing treatment...", added Tushar Nikhare.
Meanwhile, Sikkim Chief Minister Prem Singh Tamang expressed his condolences to the dead and injured persons in the incident. Taking to social media, the Sikkim CM said that the affected persons are currently undergoing treatment.
"I am deeply saddened by the tragic accident that occurred in Ranipur. Our officials from the government and the District administration have been tirelessly dedicated to rescue operations, and those affected are currently receiving treatment at Manipal Hospital," said CM Tamang.
"I have ensured prompt assistance for those affected, with all treatment expenses at Manipal or referred cases covered by the state government. We are committed to providing every possible support during this difficult time. My thoughts are with the injured and their families, and I sincerely pray for their swift recovery. I also extend my deepest condolences to the families of those who lost their lives in this tragedy, and I pray for the departed souls to rest in eternal peace," added the Sikkim CM.
Meanwhile, the Sikkim government has announced that it will bear the cost of the treatment of the injured. An investigation has been initiated into the incident.
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