The circular takes on added importance as the temple festival season is in progress in the state.

2 years after Kollam fireworks tragedy Kerala DGP says cops accountable for future disasters
news Policing Saturday, March 31, 2018 - 13:46

In a strict move to take precautions against fireworks tragedies in the state, Police Chief Loknath Behera issued a circular, a couple of days ago, saying that the police will be the first to be answerable for such incidents.

The DGP’s circular directed that the police shouldn’t give permissions for events with fireworks unless those applying have requisite licences. It also warns that, no matter the rank of the officials, action will be taken against those responsible if any lapses are found.

In the recent past, Kerala has seen a few fireworks tragedies that have claimed scores of lives.

Read: Massive fire in Paravur temple at Kollam in Kerala, 106 dead

The circular takes on added importance as the temple festival season is in progress in the state.

The Puttingal tragedy, where a pack of fireworks caught fire claiming over 100 lives, the administration and the police blamed one another for giving sanction to the festival to use crackers.

This circular now puts the onus on the police – and not the district administration – in the event of such a tragedy.

"Despite the sanctions given by the District Collector, the police also have crucial responsibilities. Permission shouldn't be given in the name of tradition or subject to any pressure. Permission shouldn't be given for fireworks at congested places. The samples of fireworks should be sent to Regional Chemical Lab, Ernakulam, and it should be made sure that there are no chemical explosives like potassium chlorate," the circular states.

It further says, "It should be made sure that the explosives used for the fireworks should be approved by Chief Controller of Explosives. Enough distance should be there between the point of collecting the explosives and at the place where the fireworks display is happening. Only skilled workers should be employed to carry out the firework display. The police should also be able to rein in the people, should take stern action against those who don't follow the directions of the police.”



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