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Puri Rath Yatra death: Odisha CM condoles death of devotee, announces Rs 4 lakh ex gratia

A devotee died of suffocation while pulling Lord Balabhadra's chariot during the annual Rath Yatra in Odisha's Puri on Sunday. The deceased has been identified as Lalitha Bagarti of Saitala block of Balangir.

Reported by:  PTC News Desk  Edited by:  Shgun S -- July 08th 2024 09:43 AM
Puri Rath Yatra death: Odisha CM condoles death of devotee, announces Rs 4 lakh ex gratia

Puri Rath Yatra death: Odisha CM condoles death of devotee, announces Rs 4 lakh ex gratia

Puri Rath Yatra death: A devotee died of suffocation while pulling Lord Balabhadra's chariot during the annual Rath Yatra in Odisha's Puri on Sunday. The deceased has been identified as Lalitha Bagarti of Saitala block of Balangir.

Odisha Chief Minister Mohan Charan Majhi expressed regret at the loss of a devotee during the Lord Jagannath Rath Yatra procession in Puri on June 7, and gave an ex-gratia of Rs 4 lakh to the deceased's nearest of kin.


"Chief Minister Majhi expressed deep grief over the death of a devotee named Lalitha Bagarti of Saitala block of Balangir district due to the crowd during the procession today and expressed his condolences to the bereaved family," Chief Minister's Office (CMO) said in a statement.

Chief Minister Majhi has announced an ex-gratia of Rs 4 lakh to the family of the deceased who died while drawing a chariot in Puri, as well as free treatment for the injured.

On Sunday afternoon, thousands of devotees pulled huge chariots from Puri's century-old Jagannath temple.

The wooden horses were attached to the chariots, and the servitor pilots directed the devotees to draw them in the right direction.

On Sunday, President Droupadi Murmu participated in the annual Jagannath Rath Yatra in Puri, one of India's most important and awaited events.

Along with the President, Odisha Governor Raghubar Das, Odisha Chief Minister Mohan Charan Majhi, and Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan attended the ceremonies.

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