Kerala Government Calls All-Party Meet to Discuss Fire Cracker Ban
In the wake of the Puttingal temple tragedy, the Kerala government has called an all-party meeting on Thursday to see if a consensus is possible on a total or partial ban on firecrackers.
The all-party meeting is scheduled to be held on 14 April in state capital Thiruvananthapuram.
An illegal fireworks display on Sunday set off massive explosions and fire at Puttingal temple in Kollam district of the state, which resulted in deaths of 110 people and injured more than 350 people.
Police Conduct Raids to Seize Illegal Explosives
The police have been ordered to conduct raids across the state to seize explosive materials that are possessed either illegally or in excess of permitted quantities, the minister added.
He said the ongoing judicial probe and crime branch probe into the temple blast would be completed at the earliest and suitable action would be taken.
However, Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) feels that rather than ban, one should work on proper safety mechanism. The Kerala BJP president Kummanem Rajasekheran said that a total ban on firecrackers may not be feasible.