Kollam temple fire: Oommen Chandy to hold all-party meeting

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Taking cue from the Kali temple tragedy on 10 April, Kerala chief minister Oommen Chandy called an all-party meeting on 14 April on the need to ban fireworks in temples.

“During the meeting, we will discuss the need for a cracker ban. Concerned ministries and opposition parties will attend the meting and we we will convey the decision on proposed ban later,”  said Chandy.

The meeting was called following a demand to ban fireworks in temples. It may be noted of the 1,000-odd people injured in the Kollam temple fire that, 350 people are still in hospital, according to the state government.

“We are getting the all facilities from Delhi, Coimbatore,” Chandy said. “We told the hospitals that the fire victims have to be treated free of cost,” he added.

On 11 April, in a letter to Registrar General of the Kerala High Court, senior HC Justice V Chitambaresh had said, “The time is ripe for judicial intervention to ban occurrence of such man-made tragedies in all temples across the state.”

He urged that his letter be submitted to the Devaswom bench and it be considered as a PIL. The Devaswom Bench comprising Justices Thottathil B Radhakrishnan and Anu Sivaraman will consider the petition on 12 April afternoon.