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80 Year Old Pankajakshiamma Complaints Against Temple Authorities

TIMES NOW’s Shabbir Ahmed speaks with Pankajakshiamma, on whose complaint the Kollam collector had denied permission to the Puttingal Devi temple authorities to conduct the fireworks display.Kollam collector had denied permission to the Puttingal Devi temple authorities to conduct the fireworks display, based on the complaint of 80-year-old Pankajakshiamma, who stays very close to the Temple in Kollam, Kerala. Pankajakshi Amma’s house, located about 50 metres from the tragedy site, was damaged too in the mishap. A copy given to district police officials stated they should watch whether the temple authorities were violating the law and submit a report in case of any violation. The order was issued on April 8.At least 100 people were killed and 383 injured in the major fire at around 3.30 AM that engulfed the 100-year-old Puttingal Devi Temple complex packed with thousands of people near Kollum during a display of fireworks held by the temple management despite the authorities denying permission for it. The mishap occurred as sparks of the fireworks during the festivities fell on the store room ‘Kambapura’ where crackers were stored, leading to many explosions which were heard over a radius of one kilometre. The temple complex is around 70 kms from state capital Thiruvananthapuram.

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