Off-road jeep rides banned after tourist dies in mishap

Off-road jeep rides banned after tourist dies in mishap

Idukki: The District Tourism Promotion Council (DTPC) of Idukki and the Motor Vehicles Department (MVD) have again banned the off-road jeep safari at Ramakkalmedu after the death of a tourist in an accident.

Meanwhile, the Revenue Department said that off-road trekking was not allowed in Kuruvikkanam.

An enquiry into the accident is being conducted by DTPC and MVD and the report will be submitted soon. At present, off-road jeep rides are allowed only up to Amakkallu. But some people organize illegal trips for tourists. The jeep safari that had been suspended after the Kurangini tragedy was resumed only 3 months ago.

In the recent mishap, Sreejith (19) of Vadakkeppatt, Maruthoor in Palakkad lost his life. His body was handed over to relatives after post mortem.

The driver of the jeep has been charged with non-culpable homicide by the Nedumkandam police. The jeep had fallen into a 300-feet crevice at Kattadippadam, Kuruvikkanam in Ramakkalmedu. It had lost balance when conducting some manouvres at the edge of the cliff. The vehicle slipped down 150 feet and fell down the deep crevice, killing the tourist.

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