Kochi, India: Following a fatal explosion in Tripunithura’s Choorakkad, police have taken action against the Puthiyakavu temple committee members and a contractor involved in supplying explosives for the annual festival. Homicide charges have been filed against the accused, marking a significant development in the investigation.
According to reports, the temple committee members and the contractor were booked for illegally conducting a fireworks display at the temple. The explosion on Monday morning prompted a fresh case to be registered against the accused, further intensifying the legal repercussions.
The contractor, identified as Adarsh, who was responsible for supplying firecrackers to the temple, was also injured in the explosion and is said to be in critical condition. Law enforcement officials have conducted a raid on the contractor’s godown in Thiruvananthapuram and seized a significant amount of explosives, including ammonium nitrate, along with 250 gm of ganja. It was revealed that the godown was being operated by siblings from Pothencode without the necessary permission to store explosives.
In response to the tragic event, the Ernakulam district authority has taken steps to provide compensation to the owners of the damaged houses. The revenue department has established a help desk to collect details of individuals affected by the blast, aiming to offer support to those in need during this difficult time.