Thiruvananthapuram: A fire broke out at the Secretariat’s protocol department on Tuesday evening. Several files have been reportedly destroyed.
As per employees, a short circuit from the computer led to fire break out. No casualties reported so far. Fire engines soon rushed to the spot and put out the fire.
However, the actual cause of fire is yet to be ascertained. It is to be noted that this Protocol department is the section that is investigating the high-profile gold smuggling case.
The opposition alleges that it is a move to destroy evidence to save the accused in the gold smuggling case. Opposition leader Ramesh Chennithala has alleged that the evidence was destroyed with the knowledge of the Chief Minister.
BJP State President K Surendran slammed the government stating that it was a deliberate attempt to sabotage evidence and documents pertaining to the high-profile gold smuggling case in Thiruvananthapuram.
At the same time, the Additional Secretary of the Department of Public Administration stated that all important files are safe.