Ministers seek comprehensive probe into fire mishap at secretariat complex
Thiruvananthapuram: Several ministers demanded a comprehensive probe into the fire mishap incident at the Secretariat during the cabinet meet held here on Wednesday.
Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said the investigation team under ADGP Manoj Abraham will be instructed to look into the possibilities of any conspiracy. He also added that no files relating to the diplomatic section was lost in fire.
Meanwhile, the meeting rejected the allegations raised by opposition parties and decided to probe whether BJP state president K Surendran had arrived at the secretariat before the fire broke out and if he had arrived, the motive behind it.
The Additional Chief Secretary to Home department was entrusted to resolve the shortcomings in the security system.
Fire started from fan
A report citing that the fire started from the wall fan was submitted to Minister G Sudhakaran by chief engineer of building section under PWD. According to the report, the fan heated up which resulted in melting of plastic and this fell on the curtain and then to the shelf and on to the papers kept in the room.
Police also evaluated short circuit as the reason for the fire. Forensic experts collected fingerprints and samples from the spot.
Delay in putting off fire
The report regarding the fire mishap from regional fire force officer Arun Alphons will be obtained on Thursday. An inquiry began into the allegation that there were lapses in putting off the fire by the fire and rescue personnel deployed at the secretariat.
Eight cases were registered in connection with the protest staged by the opposition parties after the fire incident. A case was registered against Congress leader VS Sivakumar for blocking police and assembling people violating Covid protocol. A case was registered against K Surendran for trespassing on the Secretariat premises.
No clear number on files gutted
A complaint was filed by General Administration Department Additional State Protocol Officer AP Rajeevan over the fire incident. As per the complaint, the copies of gazette notifications and files regarding allocation of guest houses were gutted in the fire. However, the number of files destroyed, the extent of loss and the reason for the fire were not stated in the complaint.