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School fire: Jayalalithaa suspends officials

July 16, 2004 19:50 IST

The Tamil Nadu government on Friday suspended four education department officials, including the Chief Education officer of the district, besides cancelling the licence of the private school, in which 80 children were charred to death in a devastating fire.

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Speaking to newsmen after an hour-long visit to the accident site and the government hospital, where 27 victims are still undergoing treatment for burns, Chief Minister

J Jayalalithaa said the CEO, Deputy Education Officer and Assistant Education Officers had been suspended.

"The licence of the school has also been cancelled," she said.

Jayalalithaa also announced from the Chief Minister's Relief Fund an ex-gratia payment of Rs 100,000 to the families of the children killed, Rs 25,000 to those who received 50 per cent burns and Rs 10,000 to those who sustained simple burn injuries.

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