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IB report rules out sabotage, moots remedial measures

Sources said that Patil had asked the IB to find out whether fire in building and its subsequent collapse, which happened last Sunday, were the result of sabotage.

Rescue work in progress in Sector 17 on Thursday. ( Source: Express photo by: Jaipal Singh )
Rescue work in progress in Sector 17 on Thursday. ( Source: Express photo by: Jaipal Singh )

In a report to UT Administrator Shivraj V Patil, the Intelligence Bureau has ruled out sabotage as the cause of the fire which led to collapse of the building in Sector 17 which housed the National Institute of Electronics and Information Technology. However, it has mentioned violation of fire safety norms and building bylaws as the factors which helped the fire spread.

Sources said that Patil had asked the IB to find out whether the fire in the building and its subsequent collapse, which happened last Sunday, were the result of sabotage.

While ruling out sabotage, the IB report mentioned several violations, including the AC plant and storage of combustible materials in the basement, said sources. It also said that after the fire broke out, the response of the authorities was slack and no responsible official was present to guide the firefighting operation, sources said.

Further, the firemen faced obstructions from structures which should not have been there in the building, but there was no one from the NIELIT to assist them, sources said, quoting the report.

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They said the IB questioned several people, including NIELIT officials, before formulating its report which also recommended certain remedial measures. One of the suggestions was that at least one person of the staff who knows the building in and out should be present to guide firemen in a building where government records are maintained.

Also, the internal plan of every government office, with all the partitions made, should be available with the Estate Office and the Fire Department, the report said.