Kollam temple blast: Cops file cases against 25 persons for tragedy

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Police have also filed cases against 25 people, including 15 temple panel members, two contractors and eight others for attempt to murder and other charges in connection with the tragedy.

While this was so, the police found three cars filed with explosives and two bags with crackers near the Paravaur temple.

More than 112 persons were killed and injuring nearly 400 in a fireworks display at a Kali temple in Paravur near Kollam on Black Sunday (9 April), highlighting the utter neglect of public safety. 

Five persons were interrogated, but police didn’t the reveal their identity or say if they are part of the 25 against whom cases have been filed.

Amid demand for a ban on fireworks displays, Travancore Devaswom Board, which manages 1,255 temples in Kerala, has said it was against a complete ban as exploding crackers was a part of rituals.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi flew down to Kerala. “We will probe how the tragedy had taken place and how the orders have been violated,” said Kerala chief minister Oommen Chandy. Many Kerala ministers cut shot their election campaign and rushed to Kollam.

Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif and Russian President Vladimir Putin had called up Modi and President Pranab Mukherjee and paid their condolences.

Meanwhile, there were around 15,000 people in the temple grounds at the time of the explosion. Temple authorities had violated the district administration’s order by organising a fireworks display. This apart, Supreme Court’s ruling that crackers must not be used beyond 10 pm was violated with impunity by the temple authorities.