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Nine die in TN forest fire, probe ordered

IANS  |  Theni (Tamil Nadu) 

Nine trekkers have died in a massive forest fire on the Hills here in Tamil Nadu, an said on Monday. ordered a probe into the incident.

A total of 27 trekkers were rescued from the blaze in Theni, some 520 km from here.

"Of the 27 rescued, 10 persons did not suffer any injuries and others suffered burn injuries," told reporters.

said of the 17 rescued, eight admitted to a have suffered serious burn injuries.

The remaining are warded in the in Theni and in a private hospital at the request of the injured.

(IAF) helicopters brought the remains of eight of the killed from the hills. The remains of one more person was earlier brought down by road.

The bodies have been sent for identification and they would be handed over to the relatives after autopsy.

Speaking to reporters, Palaniswami said the trekking expedition had been done without getting the necessary permission from the

He said a detailed probe will be held into the accident.

The IAF had mounted a search and rescue operation since Sunday. Apart from its 15 commandos, the IAF pressed three of its helicopters in the rescue mission.

The commandos flew from the near late on Sunday and climbed the hills.

What had started as an adventure trip for the trekking men, 25 women and three children turned into a nightmare on Sunday afternoon as they were caught up in the massive blaze.

The group had camped at a place up in the hills on Saturday night. They were supposed to return on Sunday.

Speaking to the media on Sunday, Baldev had said more than 20 trekkers were from the (CTC) and the others from and Tiruppur.

The adventure was part of activity that was celebrated on Thursday. The trekking expedition was organised by the CTC, an group of over 40,000 members.

The CTC website does not have any name or number of the persons who are in-charge of the trekking expeditions.

According to the website, the CTC is a non-profit, group which organises outdoor sports, environmental conservation and social activities throughout the year on weekends and weekday mornings.

"Founded in 2008 the group has grown to one of the most active and largest in South with over 40,000 members and hundreds of activities throughout the year.

"All activities are free -- expenses are shared equally among participants," says the website

An of Fire and Rescue Services department told IANS that the terrain was tough and the approach to the accident spot was not motorable.

expressed grief over the death of the trekkers.



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First Published: Mon, March 12 2018. 13:50 IST