Tamil Nadu Forest Fire: Guide Questioned Over Alleged Links To Chennai-Based Trek Organiser

Ten people -- seven women and three men -- were killed in a forest fire in Kurangani hills in Western Ghats on Saturday.

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Tamil Nadu Forest Fire: Guide Questioned Over Alleged Links To Chennai-Based Trek Organiser

Police are probing how the trekkers came into contact with Ranjith, a local (representational)

Chennai:  A man, believed to be a tour guide who led a 36-member trekking group on an ill-fated expedition in the district, has been arrested, police said today.

Eleven people  were killed in a forest fire in Kurangani hills in Western Ghats on Saturday.

30-year-old Ranjith was arrested last night, they said, adding that he was being questioned to ascertain whether he had any links with a Chennai-based group which is believed to have arranged for the expedition that turned tragic.

Police are probing, among others, how the trekkers came into contact with Ranjith, a local.

The 36-member team -- 24 people from Chennai and 12 from Tirupur and Erode districts -- trekked to Kurangani hills on March 10.

The team included 25 women and three children.

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