Kollam | Seven absconding members of the managing committee of the Puttingal Devi temple, where 109 persons were killed in the fireworks explosion Sunday, were arrested after they surrendered to police here.
Temple Trust President P.S. Jayalal, Secretary J Krishnankutty Pillai, managing committee members Shivaprasad, Rajendran Pillai and Ravindran Pillai informed police that they wanted to surrender late Monday night and surrendered, police said. Surendranathan Pillai and Murukesan surrendered before Chathannoor police early Tuesday morning.
A case of attempt to murder was filed against them.
They were absconding soon after the worst temple tragedy in Kerala occurred. Crime Branch, which has begun investigations, registered a case against the seven persons under Section 307 of the IPC (attempt to murder), 308 (attempt to commit culpable homicide) of IPC and under section 4 of Explosives Substances Act.
Besides, a case has also been registered against assistants of contractors who held the ‘competitive’ pyrotechnic display, despite a ban on it by the district administration. Gross violation of norms and use of banned chemicals led to the Puttingal tragedy, a top explosives official had said yesterday.
The Kerala High Court will hear this afternoon a plea for a ban on cracker bursting and fireworks display in temple functions. The accident at the 100-year-old Puttingal Devi Temple complex occurred during an unauthorised display of fireworks early Sunday morning after a spark from a firecracker fell on the storehouse containing crackers, triggering explosions.