The Chief Minister also announced an ex-gratia of Rs one lakh each to the next of kin of the deceased and Rs 25,000 for the seriously wounded. Badal also said that the entire expenditure for the treatment of injured would be borne by Punjab government.

According to Deputy Commissioner Kullu, eight people have died and 11 were injured after a giant rock boulder hit Gurudwara complex at Manikaran Sahib in Kullu district.
The Chief Minister, who had a telephonic conversation with his Himachal Pradesh counterpart Virbhadra Singh yesterday evening, assured him of full and immediate help from the state government in rescue operations.

Deputy Chief Minister and Shiromani Akali Dal chief Sukhbir Singh Badal was personally reviewing the situation and has directed SGPC Chief Avtar Singh to immediately send a team to assess the damage caused to the Gurdwara complex for undertaking repair and reconstruction of the damaged portion.

Meanwhile, on the directions of Badal, the state government dispatched a high-level rescue team to oversee the evacuation of the pilgrims stranded at Manikaran Sahib.

A 24X7 control room has been set up at Punjab Civil Secretariat Chandigarh to review the situation. People could contact the control room on telephone numbers 0172-2740859 and 0172-2740397, an official spokesman said.


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