Conservator of Forests, Madurai Circle, R.K.Jegania said the Chennai-based trekking club that had organized the expedition from Kurangani to Bodi in the Western Ghats did not get permission from the forest department for the trekking expedition.
According to the minister, two helicopters have been engaged in the task of moving the bodies. "Of the 27 rescued from the hills, 10 persons did not suffer any injuries and others suffered burn injuries", Theni District Collector Pallavi Baldev told reporters.
Increase in chances for forest fire and the lack of proper facility inside forests for rescue operations are the reasons for suspending trekking in the forests. The Indian Air Force was then called in to help with the rescue operations. But they too are being denied entry, said a source in the Forest Department.
Describing both trekking expeditions as illegal, CM Edappadi K Palaniswami announced a probe into it and offered compensation of Rs 4 lakh each to families of those killed in the inferno.
A 36-member team - 24 people from Chennai and 12 from Tirupur and Erode districts - had embarked on the trekking expedition and reached Kurangani hills on March 10.
"Special medical teams have been sent to Bodinayyakanur hospital", Health Minister C Vijayabhaskar wrote on his official Twitter page.
Theni: As many as three days before a wildfire claimed 11 lives in Theni, forest officials were reportedly aware of the raging blaze in the forest.
The actor took to twitter to write about the incident, "Kurangani forest fire and its victims is heart rending". "I am sure the leaders of the CTC team, both Arun and Vipin died in the fire, would have certainly got the permission", he said, adding that all the expedition of the CTC would be undertaken with all the permissions. Apart from its 15 commandos, the IAF pressed three of its helicopters in the rescue mission. "One of the few who were reachable by phone gave us accurate information on the location of the group", the organisation said. They were supposed to return on Sunday.