There are limitations in preventing devotees: Minister
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Last Updated: Friday, January 21, 2011, 21:32
Thiruvananthapuram: Facing criticism over dealing with the rush of pilgrims in Pullumedu near Sabarimala on the Makaravilakku day resulting in an accident that claimed 102 lives last week, Kerala Forests Minister Binoy Viswam said there were limitations on the part of officials to prevent pilgrims from entering the forest area as it was a matter of faith.

"I am not a believer, but a person who respects believers. The rules prevalent in the tiger reserve and matters of faith should not be taken together," Viswam said talking to reporters here.

He said the rush of pilgrims could not be prevented by officials of any department. "The Forest department officials had limitations in asking pilgrims not to cross the foerst path as there was heavy rush," he said.

The government did not want to enter into any controversy over the issue as it was a matter involving faithfuls, he said. However, the allegations that people were allowed into the area collecting money from vehicles would be enquired into, he said.


First Published: Friday, January 21, 2011, 21:32

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