Coimbatore: Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) president MK Stalin, on Tuesday (December 3), blamed Tamil Nadu's administration for the loss of lives of 17 people in the Mettupalayam wall collapse.

Addressing media, MK Stalin said that timely action by concerned ministers, district administration and officials could have saved the lives of 17 people, who were killed in their sleep when a wall collapsed.

"Despite complaints from villagers about the danger posed by the wall, the district collector and officials failed to take action, which has now led to a disaster," Stalin, who visited Nadur village and consoled the bereaved families, told reporters.

He blamed the ministers, without naming any, and officials for the tragedy and sought a detailed inquiry into the incident.

Condemning police action against the people who were agitated over the deaths at the government hospital, Stalin said strict action should be taken against those responsible for the brutal attack on the villagers.

He also urged the government to increase compensation, provide government jobs to the members of families and also construct houses.

The DMK leader also asked the authorities to arrest the landowner who had erected the 15-feet high wall adjacent to the houses.

On Monday (December 2), at least 17 people, including 10 women and two children, were killed in their sleep when a portion of a private compound wall collapsed on a row of tiled-roof houses in Nadur village.

Tamil Nadu chief minister K Palaniswami condoled the deaths in the wall collapse and announced a relief of Rs 4 lakh each to their families from the State Disaster Relief Fund (SDRF).