NHRC notice to Kerala over temple tragedy

New Delhi, April 11 (IANS) The National Human Rights Commission on Monday issued a notice to the Kerala government over the temple fire tragedy that killed at least 109 people and left over 300 injured.

Taking cognizance of media reports on the tragedy at the Puttingal Devi temple in the coastal town of Paravur on Sunday, the commission said it was a serious matter of concern that temple authorities went for the fireworks despite no permission from the Kollam district administration.

“The commission has issued notices to the state chief secretary, the district magistrate and the Kollam superintendent of police, calling for reports within four weeks,” said an NHRC statement here.

The commission also asked the Kerala government to report on steps taken to ensure such incidents did not occur in the future.

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