Absconding contractor of Paravoor temple fireworks, wife arrested

Friday, Apr 22, 2016,10:32 IST By metrovaartha A A A

Kollam | An absconding fireworks contractor and his wife, who are among the accused in the Paravoor fireworks tragedy that claimed 108 lives, were arrested here Thursday. They were arrested late in the night after crime branch officials questioned them.

Krishnankutty and Anarkali, in whose name the licence for the fireworks display had been taken, were picked up earlier in the day from Pallickal here, police said. The two had been absconding since the devastating mishap occurred during the festivities at Puttingal Devi temple on April 10.

The couple has moved an anticipatory bail petition in the Kerala High Court, saying they had been conducting the fireworks display for the past 40 years with proper licence that was valid till March, 2017. The petition is likely to come up for hearing Friday.

So far, 25 people, many of them workers employed by the contractors, have been arrested in connection with the incident.

Police have registered cases for offences, including attempt to murder, against the accused.

Meanwhile, crime branch officials probing the case Thursday seized some files, hard disks and CCTV footage from the Kollam district collectorate.