Kollam Temple Tragedy: Five Detained As Police File Cases Against 25

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1:28 pm 11 Apr, 2016

Five people have been detained by Kerala Police, who were involved in conducting the pyrotechnics, which resulted in a fire at the Puttingal Devi temple.

The incident 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.

The fire, which took place on April 10, killed over 108 people and injure more than 400.


A man walks past damaged structures at the spot IndianExpress

A man walks past damaged structures at the spot

Also, police have filed cases against Varkala Krishnankutty and Kazhakoottam Surendran, the contractors entrusted with the fireworks.

While Krishnankutty is absconding, Surendran was critically injured in the blaze.


Kerala Crime Branch took over the probe on April 11.

The state Cabinet decided in favour of a composite probe with a judicial inquiry and a crime branch investigation.


Despite being denied permission, the fireworks ceremony was held.


The Indian Express  reported that both additional district magistrate and district collector, who denied the permission, were bullied and threatened by local politicians and Hindu groups.

Amid the growing agitation against the fireworks display, Tavancore Devaswom Board said it won’t ban such displays.

The board manages about 1,255 temples in the state. Prayar Goapalakrishnan, President of TDB, said:

“The board was against banning the pyrotechnics during temple festivals as they are part of rituals. But it should be as per the restrictions of government and court orders with sufficient safety measures.”


Fireworks display at the temple Deccan Chronicle

Fireworks display at the temple
Deccan Chronicle

The board has also issued an urgent circular to all temples directing that the fireworks display be carried out only in compliance with rules and regulations.



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