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CM orders judicial probe

india Updated: Oct 04, 2006 15:12 IST

CHIEF MINISTER Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Tuesday ordered a judicial inquiry by a retired High Court judge into the river tragedy at Ratangarh in Datia district.

The State Government suspended SDM SS Trivedi and SDOP C R Chandoria of Seondha in Datia district for the dereliction of duty, Chouhan said after visiting the site.

In another development, Datia SP Pramod Verma and Collector M Geetha were shifted. Geetha was posted as the Additional Excise Commissioner in Gwalior. Ashok Shivhare will replace her.  M K Mudgal was appointed the new SP of Datia.  

The Chief Minister said a probe by the Principal Secretary, Home, had been earlier ordered. After taking stock of the situation, the Government decided a judicial inquiry.

Chouhan also promised a coal-tar road link and a bridge on Sindh near Ratangarh, the work for which will begin by next month.

He announced a cash reward of Rs 5,000 each to the boatmen who helped in rescue operation. A moved Chouhan termed the tragedy unfortunate and said no amount of money could compensate the loss. 

Minister in charge of Datia district Yashodhara Raje Scindia, Ram Lakhan Singh, MP, Divisional Commissioner Komal Singh, IG Vijay Singh Yadav (Chambal), Collector Geetha, SP Pramod Verma, SP  Gwalior Sanjeev Shami and other officials accompanied Chouhan.