Temple fire: PM visits accident spot

April 10:Hours after the fire tragedy, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today visited the Puttingal Devi Temple premises near here and took stock of the situation arising out of the mishap that claimed 100 lives and left over 383 injured.

Chief Minister Oommen Chandy and state Home Minister Ramesh Chennithala took the Prime minister around the temple precincts and briefed him on the incident.

Modi went around the accident site littered with debris of the two buildings, including the ‘Kambapura’, storehouse where the crackers and fireworks display materials had been stocked, that were completely razed to the ground in the explosion.

The Prime Minister, who spent around 10 minutes at the spot, also saw the concrete bars, twisted wires and cables.

Later talking to reporters, Chennithala said the Prime minister had enquired about the unidentified bodies and said DNA tests should be done if necessary.

Chandy informed him that government had already taken steps in this regard.

Chennithala said the PM also enquired about the compensation to be given to those affected.

The Prime Minister later visited the Kollam district hospital to see the injured people.

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