Officials of Crime Branch are questioning the seven managing committee members of the Puttingal Devi Temple who surrendered today.
They were absconding since the fireworks tragedy that claimed over 108 lives
and injured more than 400.
A man carries his child as he walks past the debris of a damaged building
Temple trust president Jayalal, Secretary J Krishnankutty, Shivaprasad, Surendran Pillai, Ravindran Pillai surrendered while Surendranathan Pillai and Murugesan were picked up by the police.
Officials look on as an excavator moves debris from a collapsed building after an explosion
A case of attempt to murder and attempt to commit culpable homicide has been registered in regard with the accident.
Officials said that gross violation of norms and use of banned chemicals led to the tragedy. Though the forensic sciences laboratory report is not out yet, it has been found that potassium chlorate was used in the firecrackers whose effect was felt at a radius of 1.5 kilometres.
People gather inside the compound of a temple after a fire broke out at a temple in Kollam
The incident, which took place on April 10
, happened when a spark from one of the crackers landed on a building triggering the fire that engulfed the temple and resulting in an explosion that brought it down.