Major fire breaks out near Manipur CM's bungalow

At least three fire tenders were pressed into the service to douse the blaze. The reason for the fire is yet to be ascertained, an official said.
Fire at Manipur Secretariat near CM Biren Singh 's bungalow.
Fire at Manipur Secretariat near CM Biren Singh 's bungalow.Screengrab

GUWAHATI: A major fire broke out at the house of a former IAS officer in Manipur on Saturday evening.

The site of inferno is close to Kuki Inn which is on the other side of Chief Minister N Biren Singh’s official bungalow at Babupara. The state secretariat is also nearby thereby making it a high security area.

The building is owned by the family of Thangkhopao Kipgen, the former IAS officer who served as the Chief Secretary of Goa. He died in 2005. It was learnt that the building was left abandoned for the past year.

The authorities pressed three fire tenders into service. The police said the cause of the fire was yet to be ascertained.

The house has been abandoned since violence broke out in Manipur last year, officials said.

In a statement, Manipur police said, “Today, at around 5:50 pm, one abandoned house near Kuki Inn, Old Lambulane, Imphal was gutted by fire. Immediately, teams of Imphal West Police and fire tender vehicles rushed to the spot to douse the fire."

"As a result of the fire, the first floor of the house was partially gutted. The exact cause of the fire is not known. A case has been registered at Imphal Police Station for investigation to find out the facts and circumstances of the incident including that of suspected short circuits. Efforts are also on to arrest culprits, if any.”

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