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Police, TDB file reports on Sabarimala tragedy

Kochi: Complying with the deadline set by the Kerala High Court, the state police and Travancore Devaswom Board today filed reports before it on the stampede at Pullumedu that claimed the lives of 102 Sabarimala pilgrims.

Kerala DGP Jacob Punnose and the Board filed the reports before a division bench comprising justices Thothathil B Radhakrishnan and P S Gopinathan.

Expressing displeasure over neglect of its warnings on the safety of Sabarimala pilgrims, the bench had on Monday rapped the state government and directed police, forest department and TDB officials to file reports on the tragedy by January 20.

The hill shrine attracts millions of devotees during the two-month pilgrimage season from mid-November.

The bench had recalled that it had asked the authorities earlier this month to regulate the flow of pilgrims to avoid disasters like the stampede.

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