PM and Prez condole death of Sabarimala pilgrims

New Delhi: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and President Pratibha Patil on Saturday expressed shock over the death of Sabarimala pilgrims in a stampede in Kerala`s Idukki district. PM announced a compensation of Rs one lakh each to the kin of those killed.

He expressed condolence to the bereaved families and spoke to Kerala Chief Minister V S Achuthanandan about the tragedy.

Singh sanctioned a relief of Rs one lakh each to the next of kin of those killed in the stampede and Rs 50,000 to those injured from the Prime Minister`s relief fund.

Similarly in a letter to the Kerala chief minister and governor, President expressed grief over the tragedy.

Patil wished a speedy recovery to all those injured in the incident that took place yesterday.

Over 100 pilgrims returning from the shrine were killed and 50 others injured in the stampede yesterday at Pullumedu.