Kerala Chief Minister defends Prime Minister’s visit to Paravoor on day of tragedy

Friday, Apr 15, 2016,11:08 IST By metrovaartha A A A

Thiruvananthapuram | Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy defended Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the site of the fireworks explosion in Paravoor , which claimed the lives of over 100 people, saying it was a great relief for the people.

Kerala Director General of Police TP Senkumar had earlier said that he had raised objection to the visit of Modi and Congress leader Rahul Gandhi to the site saying it will affect rescue operations. On receiving information that the leaders are planning to visit the tragedy site on Sunday, he pointed out to the Special Protection Group and state authorities that the visit may be postponed to the next day as police were busy co-coordinating relief and rescue operations and their focus should not divert to providing security to the Prime Minister’s visit.

But since the Prime Minister insisted on the visit the same day, he had no other choice, Senkumar was quoted as saying.

A national private news channel brought this to the Kerala Chief Minister’s attention.

“National leaders, including Modi, Rahul and CPM General Secretary Sitharam Yechuri, came to the accident spot. That was a big relief at the time of a big disaster. Their presence and advise were of great help to Kerala,” he told reporters.

The Chief Minister added that the rescue operations were over by the time the Prime Minister visited the tragedy site.

CNN/IBN quoted Kerala Home Minister Ramesh Chennithala as saying that VVIP visit does not put pressure on Kerala police.

He said Modi’s visit did not affect relief work at the tragedy site.

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