Kerala’s CM- Chandy requests Centre to declare Kollam temple fire as ‘National Calamity’

Oommen Chandy

Thiruvananthapuram: On Wednesday 13th April, Government of the State of Kerala requested the Central Government that the incident at the Kerala’s Kollam- based Puttingal Devi temple is to be declare as the ‘national calamity’, which has took the lives of 113 people and left huge number of people injured.

As per the Chief Minister of State- Oommen Chandy, who stated in the media reports, after having meeting with the cabinet, “The Centre should take necessary steps to declare the tragedy as a national calamity without delay.” While in the meeting in cabinet, the steps taken so far the aftermath of the 10th day of April’s tragedy were reviewed.

Moreover, in connection with the ban against the fireworks, the Chief Minister- Chandy further said that all party meeting is called for tomorrow, and they would try to arrive at the consensus in connection with formulating of a policy which will be related to the restricting of the fireworks.

Moreover, he also pointed that there is a section in the society which is not in favour of the stopping of such traditional practices and rituals based on faith. However, there is another sect too in the society which is desiring that such kind of calamity should not occur in future.

While, so talking about the development in the enquiry and identifications of the dead bodies found from the spot, the Chief Minister of the State said that in the Hospitals, DNA tests have been initiated for identifying the bodies and it will be completed soon.

Also, there are few complaints which the Police officials have received regarding the missing of around twenty- one persons after the tragedy in the spot- Puttingal temple, as per CM- Chandy.

Moreover, he also sought to said that the priority on the part of the Government is now to provide ‘best possible treatment to the injured being treated in hospitals.

However, Chandy refused to comment on the report of the District collector of Kollam that District Police has failed to prevent the fireworks display, despite of a ban issued by the authorities.

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