Vishwas Mehta IAS
Thiruvananthapuram: Soon after a fire was reported at the Secretariat complex here on Tuesday evening, a clash erupted between protestors who arrived at the spot and police personnel.
Chief Secretary Vishwas Mehta intervened when media persons and protestors tried to enter the building premises.
A fire was reported in the protocol section of the General Administration Department in the Secretariat which led to the gutting of several office files. The fire occurred at a time when the National investigation Agency demanded some documents from the protocol officer in connection with the gold smuggling case. Opposition parties cried foul and alleged a deliberate attempt to destroy evidence and protect the perpetrators.
However, Chief Secretary told media that a fair probe will be conducted into the incident and more details are being looked into.
“The initials reports suggest it was not a major fire and was able to bring it under control. I haven’t visited the spot. There is nothing to hide,” Mehta said.
BJP state president K Surendran visited the spot and protested soon after the fire broke out. They were arrested and removed by police resulting in a clash.
Surendran alleged that the fire was a deliberate attempt to destroy important files relating to gold smuggling.