Opposition demands Central agency probe over the fire accident at secretariat

Opposition demands Central agency probe over the fire accident at secretariat

Kerala- Even before the investigation on the fire accident in the secretariat began, the opposition parties in the state went on a rampage through the length and breadth of the state demanding the Chief Ministers resignation alleging that the fire accident was sabotage intended to destroy crucial files related to the gold smuggling case.

While the main opposition Congress observed a ‘Black-Day’ on August 26th and held press conferences with senior leaders Ramesh Chennithala demanding an NIA probe, youth organizations of the Congress and BJP – The Youth Congress and the Yuva Morcha held protests that turned violent due to which police had to resort to force to calm the situation.

The police have registered cases against Congress and BJP leaders for trespassing into the Secretariat premises on Tuesday evening after a fire broke out in the General Administration Department.

The cases were registered against Congress MLA V S Shivakumar, Congress leader Neyyattinkara Sanal, BJP state chief K Surendran and BJP district president V V Rajesh.

Meanwhile, the Cantonment police have registered a case on the fire outbreak. The FIR said files on guest house allotments were destroyed in the fire.

The FIR had denied any sabotage in the fire accident that took place at the section protocol office in the North Sandwich Block in the secretariat and has mentioned that it was caused due to a short circuit in the cables that led to a fire leaving few files burnt.

The cabinet meeting held here on Wednesday decided to investigate into the fire broke out in the protocol department of the secretariat and the security lapses in the secretariat complex. The cabinet meeting also evaluated the actions taken in connection with the fire accident occurred in the North Sandwich block of the secretariat the other day.

A probe is also conducted on those who entered the secretariat premises immediately after the accident.