//3 kids buried alive in TN

3 kids buried alive in TN

deepikaglobal / January 14 2006 / UNI /// 3 kids buried alive in TN –Villupuram, Tamil Nadu — In a tragic incident, three children, were buried alive when they were collecting ”fresh earth” for Pongal celebrations at Kanthadu, near Marakkanam of this district today. The victims, Venilla (13), Yuvraj (5) and Selvam (10) met with their fatal end when the pit caved in as they were collecting the earth, police said. As the children did not return after long hours, the elders rushed to the spot only to find them struggling for life. They were taken to a government hospital, near Pondicherry, where they were declared ”brought dead,” police added. In villages, people collect fresh earth to beautify the courtyard where ‘Ponga Panai’ or ‘kitchadi’ pots are placed for preparation of Pongal, a sweet delicacy, as part of the festivities. // ——— http://www.deepikaglobal.com/ENG3_sub.asp?ccode=ENG3&newscode=129474