An accident happened at a 500 year old Devi temple in Kollam, Kerala owing to the bursting of crackers in the temple that took more than 100 lives. The temple is at Puttingal of Paravar municipality in Kollam. The fire broke at around 3 am in the morning because of the crackers that were kept in temple ahead of the celebration of the festival.
The Crime Branch Officials are investigating over the alleged involvement of seven managing committee members of the Puttingal temple. 5 of them surrendered in the morning today, and the rest two were picked by the police after they went absconding following the fireworks tragedy. The incident claimed 109 lives and left 400 people injured.
The temple trust President Jayalal, Secretary J Krishankutty, Shivaprasad, Surendran Pillai, Ravindran Pillai have surrendered before the Crime Branch Police, two others Sudendranathan Pillai and Murugesan, were picked by the police in the morning. They were hiding since after the incident took place. They were the ones who had staged the show despite the ban imposed by the district administration. As a result of this, the police had registered a case against the trust of the temple and those who had staged the show.
The police said, ‘they are being questioned’. Besides that, a case is registered against 20 people, which includes the contractors and the managing committee. The incident took place around 70 km from the state capital, the fireworks show is a part of the annual festival. Not only disregarding the denial of the administrators, it has been come to notice that the members of the committee of the temple have violated a lot of rules and eventually it has led to this accident where 109 people died and over 380 people injured.
A case under the section 307 of the IPC which means attempt to murder and section 308 which is attempt to commit culpable homicide and under section 4 explosives substances act.
The violation of the norm and the use of those chemicals which were actually banned has led to this tragedy.