‘Lack of coordination between agencies led to Sabarimala tragedy’

The oral observation was made by a division bench of the Kerala High Court.

Kochi: Kerala High Court Thursday observed that
there was lack of coordination between various departments which led to the Pullmedu tragedy in which 102 lives were lost.

The oral observation was made by a division bench
comprising justice Thothathil B Radhakrishnan and justice P S
Gopinathan after three separate reports filed by Kerala DGP
Jacob Punnose, TDB Commissioner, N Vasu and Principal Chief
Conservator of Forest T M Manoharan came up before the bench.

The bench wanted to know why Pullmedu was out of the zone
of consideration for providing adequate security to the
pilgrims.
The court also directed the Union Government to inform its
views regarding permitting pilgrims through Pulmedu in
vandiperiyar in Iddukki district which is part of the notified
wild life sanctuary -- Periyar Tiger Reserve.

The bench directed the Assistant Solicitor General, T P
Ibrahim Khan, to file counter affidavit on this and the
probable possibilities of permitting temporary use of required
land in connection with `Makara Vilakku` festival in the
sanctuary.
Advocate General C P Sudhakara Prasad informed the court
that the report of the Home secretary would be filed by
tomorrow as the Cabinet was meeting today to consider the
report.

Bureau Report

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