Sabarimala tragedy: 104 dead in stampede, judicial probe ordered

Last Updated: Saturday, January 15, 2011 - 23:40

Vandiperiyar: Kerala Chief Minister
V S Achuthanandan on Saturday announced a judicial inquiry into the
stampede at nearby Pulumedu that claimed the lives of 104
Sabarimala pilgrims.

Achuthanandan, who flew down by helicopter to Kumali
where the bodies of the victims were brought, also announced a
solatium of Rs five lakh for the families of each of the
victims.

The seriously injured would be given Rs 50,000 and
those with minor injuries Rs 25,000 each.

The Government would meet the flight and road
transport expenses for ferrying the bodies of victims to their
home towns.

The Chief Minister said the government would try to
avail the services of a sitting High Court judge for the
probe.

He also reviewed with cabinet colleagues on the spot
arrangements to transport the bodies as most of the deceased
were from neighbouring states of Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and
Andhra Pradesh.

The Government has announced a three-day mourning in
the state.

Meanwhile, Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee and
Defence Minister A K Antony have cancelled their engagements
in Kerala scheduled for tomorrow in view of the tragedy.

104 Sabarimala devotees were killed and over 40
injured in the stampede when a jeep crashed into pilgrims at
Pulmedu in Kerala`s Idukki district last night.

PTI



First Published: Saturday, January 15, 2011 - 23:40

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