Stampede: Police to keep deadline set by High Court

Kerala police will submit to the High Court on January 20 a report on the Pullumedu Stampede which claimed 102 lives.

Last Updated: Jan 18, 2011, 13:57 PM IST

Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala police will submit
to the High Court on January 20 a report on the Pullumedu
Stampede which claimed 102 lives.

" As required by the court, the police department would
submit its report on January 20", DGP Jacob Punnose told
reporters at Thrissur.

Pulling up the government, a division bench of Kerala High
Court had yesterday asked the Police and Forest departments
and the Travancore Devaswom Commissioner to submit a report
on the tragedy.

The Bench comprising Justice Thottathil Radhakrishnan
and Justice P S Gopinathan, monitoring the affairs relating to
Sabarimala pilgrimage, sought to know the circumstances that
led to the stampede and how the situation was handled by the
departments concerned.

The judges also expressed displeasure over the neglect of
warning given by the court earlier this month about the need
to regulate the flow of pilgrims to avoid disasters like
stampede.

Reacting to court order, Chief Minister V S Achuthanandan
said that the proposed judicial probe to be conducted into
the disaster would cover all aspects and the guilty would not
be spared.

Meanwhile, the investigation by the crime branch into the
incident is progressing and its initial report is expected to
be drawn up in a couple of days revealing the causes that
triggered the worst tragedy ever happened in the history of
the hill shrine.

PTI