Angry Kerala chief secretary orders BJP workers and media out of premises

Photo: Kerala Kaumudi

Soon after a fire was reported at the Secretariat complex here on Tuesday evening, a clash erupted between protestors who arrived at the spot and police personnel. Chief Secretary Vishwas Mehta intervened when media persons and protestors tried to enter the building premises.

A fire was reported in the protocol section of the General Administration Department in the Secretariat which led to the gutting of several office files. The fire occurred at a time when the National investigation Agency demanded some documents from the protocol officer in connection with the gold smuggling case. Opposition parties cried foul and alleged a deliberate attempt to destroy evidence and protect the perpetrators.

However, Chief Secretary told media that a fair probe will be conducted into the incident and more details are being looked into.