Opposition AIADMK Chief Jayalalithaa today demanded a compensation of Rs three lakh to families of those killed in the fire mishap at a cracker shop in Pallipat area of Tiruvallur district.
"Families of those killed in the fire accident should be given Rs three lakh from the Chief Minister's Relief fund," she said in a statement here. Expressing grief over the tragedy, she alleged that the government had not followed rules while issuing licence to shop-keepers for selling crackers in the area.
The state government should take precautionary measures, in future, to prevent such kind of mishaps, she said.
The toll in a devastating fire climbed to 32 with recovery of two more bodies from the site, even as the shop owner and another man were arrested in connection with the Diwali-eve mishap.
The blaze erupted at the cracker godown, which was a wholesale point of firecrackers, at around 7 pm last evening due to suspected short-circuit.