Sabarimala tragedy was an invited one by the State Govt: BJP
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Last Updated: Saturday, January 15, 2011, 20:33
Kozhikode: Senior BJP leader K Sreedharan Pillai, on Saturday alleged that the unfortunate stampede at Pullumedu in sabarimala was an 'invited stampede' by CPI(M)-led Left Democratic Front (LDF) Government in Kerala.

Speaking to mediapersons here , Pillai, a former BJP State President, alleged that the state government was responsible since it had failed to provide basic facilities for the pilgrims.

The state government did not widen the narrow traditional forest roads, which had resulted in the tragedy, he said.

The Centre was also equally responsible for the tragedy, he accused.

Demanding a judicial probe into the tragedy, Pillai asked the government to give a solatium of Rs 25 lakh each to the victims.

BJP had submitted memorandums to the government on several occasion on the need of providing basic facilities to the pilgrims, he said.

102 Ayyappa pilgrims returning after having makarajyothi darshan were tragically killed in a stampede at pullumedu last night.


First Published: Saturday, January 15, 2011, 20:33

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