Puttingal Devi temple fire tragedy: Kerala High Court grants bail to all 41 accused

The fire was caused by an unauthorised display of fireworks at the Puttingal Devi temple.

By Ritesh K Srivastava | Updated: Jul 11, 2016, 12:17 PM IST
Puttingal Devi temple fire tragedy: Kerala High Court grants bail to all 41 accused

Kochi: The Kerala High Court on Monday granted bail to all 41 people accused in the Puttingal Devi temple fire tragedy case.

"Kerala High Court grants bail to all 43 accused in Puttingal temple fire tragedy," reported ANI. The high court granted bail to all accused because a chargesheet was not filed within 90-day deadline.

The ruling comes nearly three months after the devastating fire claimed the lives of at least 106 people and left  over 383 others injured.

The fire was caused by an unauthorised display of fireworks at the temple.

 

 

The mishap had occurred as sparks from fireworks fell on the storeroom 'Kambapura' and the crackers kept there exploded. The blaze spread quickly trapping devotees within the complex.

The explosions also ripped chunks of concrete and plaster from the temple and nearby buildings which fell on people killing some on the spot and wounding many others. The official statement said 75 bodies have been identified and 84 post-mortems had been conducted.

Police had registered a case of attempt to murder and other offences against six persons, including members of temple managing committee and associates of firework contractors in connection with the tragedy.