7 Surrender Connected to Indian Temple Fire

7 Surrender Connected to Indian Temple Fire

Seven people who fled after a weekend fire killed at least 116 people at the southern Indian temple where they are board members have surrendered to police to face prosecution, police said on Tuesday. Police are investigating temple board members and associates of firework contractors for possible charges of attempted murder and culpable homicide, both punishable by life imprisonment, and illegally storing a cache of explosives, AP reported. Besides the deaths in the early Sunday blaze at the Hindu Puttingal Devi Temple in the village of Paravoor in Kerala state, more than 380 people were injured. M. Palanai, another police officer, said 200 of the injured were still being treated in various hospitals. Police questioned five workers on Monday about fireworks stored at the site, hoping to learn more about who owned the fireworks and who had contracted the pyrotechnical display, police constable R. Unnikrishnan Nair said. The five were later released. Villagers and police had to pull many of the injured out from under slabs of concrete and twisted steel girders.


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