Kerala Chief Minister (CM) Pinarayi Vijayan wrote to Union Minister of External Affairs S Jaishankar seeking intervention to order a ‘thorough inquiry’ by Nepal government into the death of eight people from Kerala who died in a resort earlier this month.

The Chief Minister in his letter on Sunday urged Jaishankar to persuade Nepal government to give a suitable monetary compensation to the families of the victims.

“It is now reported that the deaths have happened due to malfunctioning of equipment in the room where these persons were staying. Prima facie, it is clear that there has been negligence on the part of the service providers and there appears to be a failure of regulatory mechanisms which ought to have been in place,” CM Pinarayi pointed out in his letter.

Kerela CM had also written to Jaishankar on January 21 raising the same demands.

Eight Indian tourists, including four children, were found dead in their room at a hill resort in Daman on January 21.

The suspected cause of death is said to be suffocation due to the use of gas heater.