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West Bengal boat capsize death toll rises to 20

 2016-05-17 08:27:53.0

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Kolkata:�The deaths in a boat capsize in the Hooghly river in West Bengal's Burdwan district rose to 20�, an official said.

An overcrowded boat capsized late Saturday night near Kalna Ghat in Burdwan while on way to Shantipur in Nadia district.

Till Monday 19 bodies were retrieved. "So far 20 bodies have been recovered, they include six children," said Saumitra Mohan, district Mmagistrate of Burdwan. He added that search operations were underway. The state government has announced an ex-gratia of Rs.2 lakh each for the kin of the victims. On Sunday, Nrisinghapur Ghat jetty in Shantipur was witness to violence after an angry mob upset over alleged delay in rescue operations, set on fire boats and pelted stones at police, injuring two of them. Police had to fire tear gas shells to disperse the mob. Several people have been arrested or detained for violence. The administration, however, denied any delay in the search and rescue operation.

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