Fire in Secretariat: Forensic dept finds no evidence for short circuit


As the cause of fire was not found, there are plans to conduct a detailed forensic test again. The samples will be sent Kochi or Bengaluru for this.

Fire accident at Protocol Department under the Public Administration wing of the Secretariat on August 25 | Photo: Mathrubhumi

Thiruvananthapuram: The suspicions regarding an attempt of sabotage in the fire accident at secretariat is intensifying. The final forensic report stated that there are no evidences to establish a short circuit. The reason behind the damage that occurred to the fan is not clear. Two liquor bottles were found a little far from the location of fire mishap, it is confirmed.

The forensic report pointed out that there was no chance for a short circuit. With this, the mystery behind the burnt files remains unsolved. Also the report stated that liquor bottles seized from the premises of Protocol Department, where the fire occurred, had liquor content in them.

The melted parts and motor of the burnt fan were examined. As the cause of fire was not found, there are plans to conduct a detailed forensic test again. The samples will be sent to Kochi or Bengaluru.

The fire accident took place in the Protocol Department of the Public Administration wing of the Secretariat on August 25. Some of the files kept in this section were burnt in the mishap. The fire occurred while the investigation into the gold smuggling case was progressing.

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