Kerala: High Court grants bail to all 41 accused in Puttingal temple fire tragedy
 Source : Agencies  Date : 11-Jul-2016

Kollam, July 11: Kerala High Court on Monday has given bail to all the 41 accused in the case of Puttingal Temple massive fire tragedy due to Police not able to file chargesheet in a given 90 days period of time by High Court. The fire started at a ground next to the temple packed with 10,000 to 15,000 people watching an all-night fireworks display that had been banned by the state government. 
Tragedy took place in the early morning around 3.30 am when crowd were enjoying fireworks organized by temple authorities and according to sources after a stray spark landed on a cache on fireworks at the Puttingal Devi temple in April this year, leading to a massive explosion and fire. Due this incident, atleast 110 peoples died and thousands were wounded. Meanwhile Kerala state Government has already banned use of firework in any ceremonies or functions.

 Kollam District Collector A Shinemol had clearly indicated to the temple authorities that there will be no permission for the firecracker display. The Court had earlier refused bail to all including the temple trust officials. The judge had observed that Kerala has developed a very unhealthy cultural practice that any religious festival or ceremony must be glamorised by fireworks and elephant parade.

"It is high time we banned or controlled the use of fireworks, explosive substances and elephant parades in connection with festivals and ceremonies. No religion will promote or sponsor such explosive ceremonies," the judge had said.