Rs 2 lakh to kin of Bharatpur victims: PM

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday announced an ex gratia of Rs 2 lakh each for the families of those killed in a wall collapse in a marriage hall in Bharatpur in Rajasthan.

Expressing his condolences, Modi said: “I am pained beyond words… My thoughts are with the families of the deceased. I hope the injured recover soon.”

He also announced Rs 50,000 for those seriously injured in the incident.

At least 22 persons were killed and 30 injured when the wall of a marriage hall collapsed in Bharatpur district late on Wednesday.

“The incident occurred at around 10 p.m. in Sewar police station area when a wall of a wedding hall collapsed and people were trapped inside the debris. Injured have been referred to various government and private hospitals while some of the injured who are critical have been referred to Jaipur,” a police official told IANS.

Meanwhile, eyewitnesses told IANS that the wall collapsed due to thunderstorm that lashed several parts of the state on Wednesday night.