Kerala Puttingal Temple tragedy : Amit shah arrives in Kerala

Sunday, Apr 10, 2016,11:11 IST By Metrovaartha A A A

Mumbai | BJP President arrives in Kerala wearing a blue jacket. He is on his way to the hospital and later on to visit the spot to take a brief account on the incident, the media officials said.

BJP President Amit Shah, who was scheduled to address two rallies in Kerala today, cancelled his public events in the state in the wake of Puttingal Devi Temple fire tragedy.

Pained beyond words at the loss of life in fire incident in Puttingal temple, Kerala. My prayers with the family of those affected.

Cancelling all my public programmes scheduled in Kerala today, he said in tweets. Shah was to address public meetings in Kannur and Pathanamthitta today in the poll-bound state.

Over 102 people were killed and 250 injured when a major fire broke out at the temple complex early today as sparks emanating from a fireworks display ignited a store room filled with crackers and pyrotechnic material.

The team of doctors has been set up to look after the casualties. Burn specialist are also availble on the spot.

Vice-President of the Indian National Congress party, Rahul Gandhi and several other ministers are also set to visit Kerala by afternoon, police officials said. It is going to be a big concern definitely.

Meanwhile Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu today expressed shock and grief over the temple fire in Kollam in Kerala that has claimed over 80 lives so far.

Naidu, in a statement, said it was very unfortunate that such a grave mishap occurred in a temple.

Condoling the deaths, he prayed for the speedy recovery of those injured in the incident and extended sympathies to the bereaved families.

The explosion that occurred today at a store room filled with crackers and pyrotechnic material during festivities at the Puttingal Devi temple at Paravoor near Kollam, has claimed at least 83 lives and left 350 injured.