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Kerala HC bans high decibel fireworks at night

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It’s decision came on a day when Chief Minister Oommen Chandy said his government would move the court against the ban on display of fireworks in temples in the state.

“With Vishu festival round the corner, the police has been asked to ensure that proper checks and balances are adhered to according to the licence given”, added Chennithala.

Krishnankutty, Shivaprasad, Surendran Pillai and Ravindran Pillai informed police that they wanted to surrender and reached in front of a temple at Kappil near Paravoor and surrendered, police sources said.

Kerala High court in a Suo motto Public Interest Litigation, ordered that no noise making fire crackers can be used in any place of worship between sunset and the sunrise.

DNA testing procedures to identify bodies of 13 persons charred beyond recognition in the Puttingal Devi temple tragedy at Kollam will be carried out at the Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Bio Technology (RGCB) here. However, this year, Kollam district officials had denied permission to the temple board for fireworks display, A. Shainamol, the district’s top official, reportedly said.

“Pyrotechnics display using “Amittu”, “Gundu”, “Kathinavedi” etc have to be banned and at best only low decibel Chinese-type crackers can be permitted for display”, he said. So far 13 persons, including seven temple officials, have been arrested by the police for their role in the fire incident.

Fireworks display not to be banned in Kerala; it would be allowed with strict controls and checks”, Chandy told reporters after the all-party meeting.

At least 113 people have been killed and scores injured after a huge stock of firecrackers went up in flames in Puttingal Devi Temple premises early on Sunday morning.

An irreplaceable loss: Ganesh P, father of 20-year-old Vishal, who died in the Sunday’s fire tragedy, breaks down after cremating his son. A special disaster-relief fund will be formed to enable the rehabilitation of the affected people. Supported by local politicians, the temple authorities had backed the display despite warnings from the authorities.

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