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Nine trekkers killed in Tamil Nadu forest fire

14 March 2018

He said rules were in place for entering the reserve forests for trekking expeditions, but the trekking team caught in the fire tragedy had undertaken the expedition without the mandatory permission from the forest officials.

A 36-member team - 24 people from Chennai and 12 from Tiruppur and Erode districts - had embarked on the trekking expedition and reached Kurangani hills on 10 March.

A order comes in to immediate this effect said, a statement issued by the chief minister's office said.

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The fire broke out late Sunday evening when a group of almost 40 people, mostly young college students, went trekking in Kurangini hills in Theni district, 540 kms from state capital Chennai.

"On all authorised expeditions, we send our staffers with them to ensure they are guided on the proper route and not even inadvertently violate forest or wildlife laws", a top State Forest official told PTI. Police have arrested Ranjith, 30, a local guide of the ill-fated trekking expedition and are questioning him. "Trekkers should climb hills only after taking the government's nod", he had said in his native Salem district.

Nine people were killed in a forest fire in southern India after becoming trapped while hiking, police said Monday.

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According to the website, the CTC is a non-profit, volunteer group which organises outdoor sports, environmental conservation and social activities throughout the year on weekends and weekday mornings. In a bid to escape, they ran helter-skelter due to which at least a dozen of them fell into a deep gorge and were charred, rescuers said. Even, the defense minister Nirmala Sitharaman said, "Ten commandos will move to Madurai by a helicopter from Sulur Air Force base and trek to the spot in the night". There were all treated at the Kurangani primary health centre before being were sent to the Bodi General Hospital.

Paramilitary personnel prepare to start a rescue mission in the Kurangani hills.

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Nine trekkers killed in Tamil Nadu forest fire