Over 100 killed and 383 injured in a massive fire which engulfed the hundred-year old ancient Puttingal Devi temple during a display of fireworks early on Sunday. Here are the latest developments of stor
Despite devastating tragedy, temple board denies to ban fireworks during festivals in Puttingal Devi temple.
In the wake of Kollam tragedy, the Travancore Devaswom Board (TDB), which manages about 1255 temples in the state, has said it is against a complete ban on such displays. Prayar Goapalakrishnan, President of the TDB, said “the board is against banning pyrotechnics during temple festivals because they are part of rituals.”
2. Five detained for questioning
Five people have been held by Kollam Police for questioning but police refuse to reveal their identity or say if they are the part of 25 people against whom the case has been lodged. The accused are charged for Section 307 (attempt to murder), 308 (attempt to commit culpable homicide) and Section Four of Explosives Substances Act.
3. Case against 25 people are lodged
The case has been registered by Kollam police against 25 people which includes 15 temple committee members, 2 fireworks contractors and 8 others for attempt to murder and other charges in connection to Kollam temple tragedy, as mentioned above.
4. Crime takes over the probe of Puttingal temple devastating tragedy.
5. Heart-rending stories of witnesses and their search for loved ones.
At hospitals, morgues and at police stations, people of Kollam are involved in a heart-wrenching search for their loved ones. The search task is getting more difficult by the fact which we have learned that some of those killed are unrecognizable.
6. Three cars filled with explosives and two sacks filled with fire-crackers were found near the Paravur temple. Police have sought permission to defuse these explosives.
7. Those who are injured are undergoing treatment at various hospitals in Kollam and in capital of state.
8. A seven-member team led by Chief controller, Sudarshan Kamal, is inspecting the site of the temple fire.
9. Ten trustees of the Puttingal temple are reportedly missing. Police have not been able to contact them.
10. How the tragedy unfolded
The display of fireworks in temple begins at midnight 3:30 A.M, sparks fall on an auto packed with fire crackers. The high-flames of fire engulf the temple. Many people died when the debris was fall on them. Power supply of the temple went-off and thousands run helter-skelter in dark.