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Posted on Dec 26, 06:59PM | IBNS
Defence Minister AK Antony has expressed grief upon hearing the accidental death of five National Cadet Corps (NCC) cadets by drowning in Periyar River in Ernakulam district in Kerala on Wednesday.
He has expressed his deepest condolences to the parents of the cadets, said the Defence Ministry in a release.
An inquiry has been ordered into the incident.
The Defence Minister has announced an ex-gratia compensation of Rs.3.5 lakhs per cadet to the families of the deceased.
In addition, arrangements are being made to airlift the bodies of the deceased cadets from Kerala to Delhi and the arrangements for the funeral are also being made, the ministry said.
As per the information available, these cadets were participating in an All India Trekking Camp at Malayattoor near Kochi in Kerala.
"The national level trekking camp had commenced on 23rd December and was slated to end on 30th December 2012. Unfortunately, all the deceased cadets were from Delhi," said the ministry.