Secretariat fire: Clashes erupt in the protest staged by opposition parties, BJP leaders arrested

The state capital witnessed massive protests during the protests staged by opposition parties on secretariate fire incident.

Hearing the news of the fire, BJP State President K Surendran and others rushed to the Secretariat, but he and his followers were taken into custody by the police.

Congress party staged a protest demanding a probe into the incident. Police blocked all the leaders who reached the Secretariat after the news broke out. The protest strengthened in front of the Secretariat gate after VS Shivakumar and others were denied entry to the Secretariat.

Soon after this, opposition leader Ramesh Chennithala also reached the spot. Following this, Ramesh Chennithala, VS Shivakumar, VT Balram and Sabarinath MLA were given entry to the Secretariat in order to prevent further clashes.

As soon as the news of the fire broke out, Chief Secretary Vishwas Metha rushed to the spot and asked all media persons to leave the place, which was objected to by some political leaders.

In a possible conspiracy, 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 had demanded some documents from the protocol officer in connection with the gold smuggling case.