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Speaking out:Governor H.R. Bhardwaj and Home Minister V.S. Acharya during the investiture of the State Directorate of Home Guards, Civil Defence and Fire and Emergency Services in Bangalore on Tuesday.
Speaking out:Governor H.R. Bhardwaj and Home Minister V.S. Acharya during the investiture of the State Directorate of Home Guards, Civil Defence and Fire and Emergency Services in Bangalore on Tuesday.

Staff Reporter

Bangalore: The crash of the Air India Express aircraft, which killed 158 people in Mangalore on Saturday, was the result of “negligence in following the rules and regulations of Civil Aviation”, Governor H.R. Bhardwaj has said.

“The Bajpe Airport is a very good one. I have travelled there several times,” Mr. Bhardwaj confirmed at the investiture ceremony of the State Directorate of Home Guards, Civil Defence and Fire and Emergency Services at the Raj Bhavan on Tuesday. He described the crash as “a disaster waiting to happen”.

Kudos

The Governor awarded President's medals to 79 Fire and Emergency Services personnel from the State. He made a special mention of the officials of the Fire and Emergency Department that had fought the fire at the site of the crash and helped in recovering the charred bodies of victims.

The department had made up for “the lack of modern technology” with their bravery, he added. In praise of the department, Home Minister V.S. Acharya thanked them for aiding the investigations. He added that their “disaster management was quick and efficient”. He said it was only with the support of the Fire Department in Mangalore that the black box was recovered on Tuesday. Director-General of Police Jija Hari Singh was present.

Illegal mining

Later, speaking to presspersons on his controversial show cause notice to the Reddy brothers over allegations of illegal mining, the Governor said that he had “done his Constitutional duty by advising the Government” and “by investigating the complaints registered by legislators and the media”.

“Some Ministers have questioned my action,” he said, and added that he would pass his order on June 3 when the issue comes up for hearing.

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