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Opposition leader flays probe into boat tragedy
Published: October 5,2009
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Thiruvananthapuram , Oct 5 Leader of Opposition in the Kerala Assembly Oommen Chandy today flayed the ongoing Crime Branch probe into the boat tragedy that claimed 45 lives and alleged an attempt was on to make the steersman a&aposscapegoat&aposand save those responsible for the negligence.

Instead of a judicial probe, the government should appoint an expert committee headed by a judicial officer to probe the accident, Chandy told reporters here.

"Now an attempt is on to put the blame and responsibility of the accident on the steersman," Chandy said.

He said the Kerala Tourism Development Corporation Chairman Cherian Philip should decide whether to quit the post as he had owned responsibility for the accident.

He also criticised Philip for participating in the&apos Human Chain&aposorganised by ruling CPI-M to protest against ASEAN pact on October 2, just two days after the accident.

Instead of supervising the rescue operations at Thekkady, Philip chose to be part of&apos Human Chain&apos, a political function of CPI-M, he said.
Source: PTI
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