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Fire during KCR's ritual, President skips event

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  28 Dec 2015 12:00 AM GMT

Hyderabad, Dec 27: A fire accident marked the fil day of ‘Ayutha Chandi Maha Yagam’ of Telanga Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao at his farmhouse near here, which led to President Prab Mukherjee skipping the event. The president was to participate in Purhoti, the fil rituals of the five-day mega event organised by the chief minister for world peace and people’s wellbeing. Mukherjee, who is on a southern sojourn here, was to reach the farmhouse at Erravalli in Medak district from another programme which he attended in Hyderabad.

Governor E. S. L. rasimhan and his wife, the chief minister and his wife attended the concluding programme of the fil rituals conducted amid chanting of Vedic hymns by about 2,000 ‘rutwiks’ in the presence of thousands of people. Sparks from ‘homagundam’ (fire pit) led to the accident, damaging a part of Yagashala, the temporary structure made of bamboo and grass.

Fire personnel immediately swung into action and doused the fire. The chief minister, his cabinet colleagues, other VIPs and priests were not present at the Yagashala as the fire broke out during lunch break. The accident created a panic among people who ran out of Yagashala. Police removed barricades to prevent stampedes. According to a statement from the chief minister’s office, normalcy was brought in few minutes and Purhoti was completed in a smooth manner.

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu idu participated in the yagam on the last day. Clad in the traditiol dress and accompanied by some of his cabinet colleagues, idu took part in the rituals. idu was also accompanied by union minister Suja Chowdary and Deputy Chief Minister K.E. Krish Murthy. The event saw participation by Tamil du Governor K. Rosaiah on the second day. Central ministers M. Venkaiah idu and Bandaru Dattatreya, leaders of various parties, judges, police officials, celebrities and others VIPs also attended the event. (IANS)

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