Five detained in connection with Kollam temple tragedy


Police in Kerala have detained five people in connection with the deadly fire at the Puttingal temple in Kollam district in Kerala killing at least 102 people.

Kerala Director General of Police (DGP) T.P. Senkumar told ANI,”Five people have been detained in connection with the fireworks show.”

Prime Minister Narendra Modi who had visited the site of the tragedy on Sunday had asked for a detailed report from the state administration explaining how the fire broke out and causing damage to life and property on such a large scale.

At least 102 people were charred to death and nearly 350 were injured in a fire accident at Puttingal temple during a festival at Paravur in Kollam district early morning yesterday.

Preliminary inquiries by the police revealed that sparks from an ignited high-intensity pyrotechnic display spread to a storehouse (Kambapura) adjoining the temple, where a large cache of explosives was stored, resulting in a massive blast, the impact of which, the local people said, was felt over 1-km radius of the temple.