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Report on Kurangani Hills wild fire submitted

Press Trust of India  |  Chennai 

Four months after a forest fire killed 22 trekkers in hills, the inquiry report on the circumstances leading to the tragedy was submitted by a to K today.

Atulya Misra, who probed the wild fire, submitted the report, official sources said.

The contents of the report are not known immediately.

The tragedy occurred on March 11 when two groups of people -- 24 from Chennai and 12 from Tirupur and Erode districts -- were returning after trekking expeditions to the Hills in the Western ghats falling under district, over 540 km from here.

A wild forest fire engulged the hills, killing 11 of the trekkers while as many succumbed to injuries at various hospitals in subsequent days.

The trekkers included 25 women and three children.

On March 14, the had named Misra as the to probe the wild fire, asking him to look into the circumstances leading to the incident, review the procedure in the for regulation and permission for trekking in reserved forest areas.

The was tasked with submitting a report within two months, along with recommendations to avoid such incidents.

"The circumstances leading to this incident of forest fire, as well as trekking without proper permission from in forest fire prone area needs to be enquired in detail," a government order had said.

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First Published: Fri, July 13 2018. 20:25 IST