GUWAHATI, April 11 - Governor PB Acharya has expressed deep shock at the tragic incident of a devastating fire that engulfed the 100-year-old Puttingal Devi Temple complex near Kollam in Kerala, killing over 106 people and injuring nearly 400 others.
The Governor expressed sorrow that such a heart-rending incident should have occurred at a temple where the devotees had gone to offer their prayers in a pious frame of mind.
The tragic incident occurred around 3.30 am during the display of fireworks in the temple complex. The fireworks, for which incidentally no permission was given by revenue and police officials, had started at midnight as part of an annual festival and thousands of people had gathered to witness it.
The tragedy struck when sparks of the fireworks fell on the storeroom, �Kambapura� and the firecrackers stored in it exploded with a deafening noise.
The Governor conveyed his condolences to the bereaved families of those who lost their lives and prayed to the Almighty for heavenly peace of the departed souls. He also wished early recovery of those injured.
Acharya also donated Rs 50,000 from his salary towards the Kerala Chief Minister�s Relief Fund to help out in the tragedy. He has appealed to the people of Assam in particular and the people of the North East in general to contribute liberally to the Kerala CM�s Relief Fund at this tragic hour. The people of Assam can also send donations to the Governor for onward transmission to the relief fund.