Paradip, Jan 3 (LocalWire) It was a heart-wrenching scene at Hasina cremation ground, where ten victims of Hukitola boat mishap, including eight children and two women, were consigned to flames after autopsy on Thursday.
Inconsolable, some family members fainted during the mass cremation of their children.
Sources said one fishing boat carrying 55 persons capsized at Sananipania, near Barkolikhala in Batighar panchyat of Kendrapada district .
Ten people, including eight children and two women, were drowned.
They have been identified as Pravati Swain (36), Anu Tarai (30), Sai Tarai (4), Debasis Sahoo (10), Debasmita Sahoo (6), Rojalin Sahoo (14), Dhuna Sahoo (14), Shushree Pallavi Swain (5) and Shubhashree Swain (6) of Hasina village, while another victim Ishan Dalai (3) hailed from Gandikipur village.
After arrival of the dead bodies from Hukitola to Hasina, irate villagers, led by former MP Bibhuprasad Tarai, Congress leader Bapi Sarkhel and BJP leader Sampad Swain, blocked Pandarnumber of Cuttack-Paradip State Highway under Kujang police limit by keeping the dead bodies of ten victims on the road on Thursday afternoon.
They demanded a compensation of Rs 10 lakh instead of Rs 4 lakh as announced by Odisha Chief Minister of Naveen Patnaik, for the next of the kin of the deceased.
They also demanded unconditional release of two temporary boatmen Nirvya Swain and Tutu Sahoo, who were detained by Jumboo Marine police for plying unlicensed boat and ferrying picnickers.
Later, the district administration, led by assistant superintendent of police Bishnu Charan Mishra and other officials rushed to the spot and pacified them.
Boatmen Swain and Sahoo were released and assurance was given on consideration on the ex-gratia, following which the stir was called off and the bodies released.
The mass cremation started at 7.30 pm.
Villager Tipu Tarai, who have lost his two relatives in the mishap, said: “Today is the darkest day in the history of our village.”
Earlier, nearly 22 picnickers were admitted to Kujang hospital, while five people were released after primary treatment.
Various political party leaders and officials met the victims and offered their condolences.
Local MLA Damodar Rout also visited Hasina village and met families of the deceased.