TAMIL NADU

CBI probe sought into Kumbakonam tragedy

TIRUNELVELI, JULY 24. The Dalit Panthers of India has demanded a probe by the Central Bureau of Investigation into last Friday's fire tragedy in Kumbakonam, which claimed 93 lives.

"Though the State Government has ordered a judicial enquiry, the root cause behind the mishap should be brought out in the open to bring the real culprits to book," the party's general secretary, Thol. Thirumavalavan told media persons on Friday after paying tributes to 17 persons, who drowned in the Thamirabarani in 1999 after violence broke out in a rally.

The Tamil Nadu Government should bring out a `white paper' on the number of schools functioning under makeshift structures and unrecognised institutions in the State. The Government should take over unapproved schools.

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