Nation Current Affairs 12 Apr 2016 Kollam temple fire: ...

Kollam temple fire: No nod even for namesake

DECCAN CHRONICLE.
Published Apr 12, 2016, 2:22 am IST
Updated Apr 12, 2016, 2:22 am IST
The lapses on the part of officials in preventing the unauthorised cracker works would also be probed.
Crime Branch ADGP Ananthakrishnan inspects the accident spot on Monday. (Photo: DC)
 Crime Branch ADGP Ananthakrishnan inspects the accident spot on Monday. (Photo: DC)

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The fireworks at Paravur Puttingal Devi temple that claimed over 100 lives were carried out without any permission, even for a small-scale show. The local police and revenue authorities remained  mute spectators to the blatant violation allegedly due to political pressure.

It has also come to light that the temple authorities had spread a false propaganda that they had got permission to carry out normal fireworks  and even announcements in this regard were made. The local police and revenue officials failed to act even as they were aware that no permission was granted to any sorts of pyrotechnic competition.

 

Though the temple authorities had  sought  fresh permission for  normal firework  with 15 kilogram gun powder and the local police recommended that it may be allowed, no permission was granted. The temple authorities also carried out competitive fireworks worth over Rs 10 lakh. Illegal use of potassium chlorate that produced  intense sound  was even suspected by the investigation agencies, it is learnt.

According to police sources, the additional district magistrate had denied permission for pyrotechnics after being convinced of the grievances raised by local resident A. Pankajakshi. The letter denying permission, however, suggested that permission could be granted only to low-scale normal fireworks.

 

Based on that, the temple authorities submitted the fresh application for  using  15 kilogram gun powder to the district police. The local police, Chathanoor assistant commissioner M.S. Santosh and city police commissioner  P. Prakash recommended that it could be allowed.

Though the matter came up before the Kollam district collector A. Shainamol on April 9, no decision was taken on that. Meanwhile, a team from the Petroleum and Explosives Safety Organisation (PESO) would come  down to the mishap spot on Tuesday to defuse huge quantities of unused explosives that were recovered. Explosives were also recovered from two cars found abandoned near the spot on Tuesday.

 

The Crime Branch team led by ADGP S. Ananthakrishnan was trying to trace the temple authorities, who were reported missing since Sunday. The team was also awaiting the reports from PESO on the quantum and type of explosives used.

The lapses on the part of officials in preventing the unauthorised cracker works would  also be probed. Five employees of firework contractors Kazhakoottam Surendran and Varkala Krishnankutty, who are in custody, are being quizzed.   

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