Death toll of the Chala LPG tanker tragedy rose to 19 with three more people succumbing to injuries at various hospitals on Sunday.
Minister of State for Power K.C. Venugopal, Kerala Pradesh Congress Committee president Ramesh Chennithala and Director General of Police K.S. Balasubramanyam visited the spot and the houses of accident victims on Sunday.
Those who died on Sunday are Rizwan, 12 of Ramla House, Pushpalatha, 48 of Navaneetham and Rejina, 26 of Devi Nivas. Rizwan is the brother of Ramees who died on Saturday and son of Ramlath and Abdul Razakh who passed away on August 30. Rejina's father-in-law, mother-in law, brother-in-law and two other relatives had died earlier. Rizwan and Rejina died at Pariyaram Medical College while Pushpalatha passed away from a private hospital in Mangalore. The condition of Pushpalatha’s husband Kunhikrishnan, their son Vineeth and Rejina’s brother-in-law Pramod is said to be critical. Indulekha, wife of sub-inspector Rajan who died on September 1 is also battling for life at Mangalore. Their daughter Niha Raj had died on August 30.
Speaking to reporters, Mr. Chennithala said that the all proper steps should be taken by the government to avert such mishaps in the future.
The victims should be sufficiently compensated by providing government employment to their family members, he said.
Mr. Balasubramanyam after visiting the accident site said that the probe which was in the right direction would bring under its purview the Indian Oil Corporation to establish the real cause of the tragedy.
He had earlier paid homage to Rajan, the sub inspector of coastal police station at Azhikkal who had died of burns on September 1, when the body was kept at the Police Club here.