Fire in secretariat: Police find no sign of sabotage


R Ananthakrishnan / Mathrubhumi News

The probe team appointed by the chief secretary had found out that the fire was caused by a damaged fan in the room.

Files destroyed in the fire accident

Thiruvananthapuram: There was no attempt of sabotage in the fire incident that occurred in the secretariat the other day, according to the primary assumption of the police. No unnatural movement was noticed in the area prior to the incident. The room where fire broke out remained closed and nobody has entered inside. The police could not find any clues of sabotage from the scene.

Two investigation teams are probing the incident - the police team headed by ADGP Manoj Abraham and the expert team appointed by the chief secretary. Among them, the probe team appointed by the chief secretary had found that the fire was caused by a faulty wall fan in the room.

The government officially declared this and the public works department (PWD) submitted a report to the chief minister. The report was prepared by the chief electrical engineer. It is hinted that the police probe team also are reaching the same conclusion as the expert team.

The expert team had found out that the heat produced from the continuously working fan had melted some plastic parts and it fell on the curtains, paper and table resulting in the fire. The police team also assume that this could be the reason behind the accident.

The government has not officially stated which files were destroyed in the fire. The high level officials appointed by the chief secretary is probing this. According to officials, no important files were destroyed in the accident.

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