Kerala Temple Tragedy: Unclaimed bodies to undergo DNA test; 21 still missing

Kin of those missing asked to reach Kollam today with identification proof

Kollam: Authorities yesterday initiated steps to conduct DNA tests on unclaimed bodies as 21 people remained missing after the temple fire tragedy that killed 110 people on Sunday.

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. Pic/PTIAn irreplaceable loss: Ganesh P, father of 20-year-old Vishal, who died in the Sunday’s fire tragedy, breaks down after cremating his son. Pic/PTI
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. Pic/PTI

Officials said the health department had told the family members of those missing to reach Kollam today. They have been asked to bring identity proof of the missing ones and provide samples of their blood at a special counter at the Kollam district hospital.

Sathyan, a 55-year-old man, succumbed to his injuries at the Medical College Hospital in Thiruvanantha-puram last afternoon, doctors said, taking the death toll to 110.

Thirteen bodies are yet to be identified and are kept in hospitals in Kollam and in Thiruvananthapuram the officials said.

In custody
Crime Branch Police officials are questioning the seven managing committee members of the Puttingal Devi Temple after being on the run since Sunday. While temple trust President Jayalal, Secretary J Krishnankutty, Shivaprasad, Surendran Pillai, Ravindran Pillai, surrendered before the Crime Branch police, two others — Surendranathan Pillai and Murugesan — were picked up by police here this morning.

No crackers in worship places: Kerala HC

Kochi: The Kerala High Court yesterday banned the use of high-decibel crackers and fireworks display after sunset in places of worship across the state in the wake of the temple tragedy in Kollam that has claimed 110 lives. The court asked the state government to examine whether a CBI probe is necessary into the Paravur Puttingal Devi temple fireworks display tragedy on Sunday. 

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