Kollam Temple Fire: 6 Arrested

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Kerala: In Kollam Temple fire tragedy, six people arrested so far. The police have charged them with attempted murder. Five temple officials surrendered; the sixth man was among those who organised the fireworks that turned into a disaster.The fire began during a lengthy fireworks display early on Sunday morning at the temple, about 70 kilometres from the state capital of Thiruvananthapuram.A stray firework apparently landed on a stockpile of them, triggering a huge blast that tore through concrete buildings.Chief Minister Oommen Chandy and local officials have said that temple officials had been denied permission for the fireworks display but went ahead anyway.The fireworks that were involved were made locally by amateurs, with safety checks compromised and illegal chemicals used, said explosives experts.The Kerala High Court will today decide whether to ban firework displays at all temples. That request has been made by a serving judge.Not far from the temple where the tragedy occurred, three cars were found abandoned on Monday, packed with sacks full of explosives.Local police officials said the explosives will be defused today after the court hearing.Kerala votes for its next government next month. Politicians were busy with campaigning when the disaster struck. The Puttingal temple was built on the site of an ant hill where locals believe a goddess appeared centuries ago.