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Kerala fire tragedy: Six Puttingal officials arrested

Officials are being questioned by the crime branch team led by Deputy Superindent of Police Radhakrishnan Pillai at the Kollam Crime Branch office

 

Two days after the fireworks tragedy at Puttingal Devi temple in Paravur in Kollam that left 109 people dead and more than 350 injured, police on Tuesday recorded the arrest of six temple officials.
 
Five officials who surrendered before police late Monday night include P.S. Jayalal (president), Krishnankutty Pillai (secretary), J. Prasad, Somasundaram Pillai and Ravindran Pillai -- all top office bearers of the temple. The sixth official - Surendran Pillai, was arrested on Tuesday morning. 
 
They are being questioned by the crime branch team led by Deputy Superindent of Police Radhakrishnan Pillai at the Kollam Crime Branch office.
 
Paravur police had earlier charged around 30 people including the temple committee members, the contractors of the fireworks display and his workers under charges of culpable homicide.
 
Five workers of the fireworks contractor Surendran are already in the custody of the police team and they have confided to police about the nature of the firework display.
 
The temple officials, after the tragic incident that occurred around 3.30 a.m. on Sunday, had gone into hiding.
 
On Sunday, the Kerala government had ordered a judicial probe and a crime branch probe.
 
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Indian Railways 'water train' reaches parched Latur

The Indian Railways on Monday dispatched the 10-wagon train carrying the precious liquid of life from Miraj in western Maharashtra for Latur city in the Marathwada region

 

The 'water train' dispatched by Indian Railways as a humanitarian gesture for the parched Latur district in Maharashtra, carrying around 550,000 litres of drinking water, reached here on Tuesday, officials said.
 
The Indian Railways on Monday dispatched the 10-wagon train carrying the precious liquid of life from Miraj in western Maharashtra for Latur city in the Marathwada region.
 
The train, that reached here around 4 a.m. after covering a 375 km journey, was welcomed with cheers and a sense of relief by Latur mayor, top civil and police officials even as tight security was deployed around the railway station.
 
The offloading of the water began at a dried up well belonging to a local farmer near the railway station, after which it will be transported by pipes to a filtration plant.
 
After flitering it and making the water potable, it will be sent to the intended remote villages in tankers, who are eagerly waiting with kilometers-long queues of multicoloured plastic and steel buckets, pots and pitchers lined up by the hopefuls awaiting the water.
 
The initiative was taken by Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu a few days ago as many parts of his home state reeled under severe water crises, especially villages in Latur district, which has a population of around 2.45 crores.
 
Following Prabhu's directives, 50 tank wagons, similar to the ones used to transport oil and milk, were sent to Kota workshop (Rajasthan) on April, they were thoroughly cleaned and sent for the onward journey to Sangli.
 
The IR is planning to make a few more similar need-based trips to quench the thirst of Latur villages, the schedules of which are not yet finalised.
 
Currently, around 15,000 villages in the state, a majority of them in Latur, Beed and Osmanabad district, are gripped by an acute water shortage.
 
To combat stray incidents of violence, in many parts, police have imposed prohibitory orders till May 3. Besides, public water storage tanks and reservoirs have been provided armed guards.
 
Similarly, villagers in some areas trek more than two km daily for a pot of water and keep their domestic water stocks under lock-and-key, schools have been shut down, marriages and other social events have been cancelled or postponed and agriculture activities at a complete standstill.
 
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Fire engulfs Bhiwandi building, many feared trapped

According to Thane Police, several people are feared trapped and efforts are on to rescue them

 

A major fire broke out at a factory-cum-residential complex in Bhiwandi powerloom town of Thane district here on Tuesday, officials said.
 
According to Thane Police, several people are feared trapped and efforts are on to rescue them before the blaze spreads to the upper floors of the four-storied building.
 
The city fire brigade has sent six fire tenders, ambulances four water tankers to fight the conflagration which started around 7 a.m. in the building located in the Kazipura area of the town.
 
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